A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, Interior Secretary Salazar, and FEMA Administrator Fugate to Host Media Conference Call to Discuss Wildland Fire Season Outlook
Office of the Secretary
WASHINGTON - Tomorrow, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will host a media conference call to outline the federal government's readiness for the wildland fire season to ensure protection for communities and restoration of forests and grasslands across the country. The Secretaries, joined by FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and the National Interagency Fire Center's Ed Delgado, will describe federal capability to respond to wildfires that are becoming more complex, particularly in areas where urban populations are situated near forested areas.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture
Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator
Tom Tidwell, Forest Service Chief
Ed Delgado, National Interagency Fire Center
Media Teleconference to outline the federal government's readiness for the 2012 wildland fire season.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
1:00 p.m. EDT
Members of the news media are invited to call into 888-469-1348
Passcode: USDA (Given Verbally)
Trouble number: 202-720-8560
All callers using the above passcode will be placed in listen only mode. To join the Q&A portion of the meeting, these callers are instructed to press *1 on their touch tone phone.