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).
AMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS: Salazar, Durbin to Announce Conservation and Restoration Projects at Millennium Reserve
Office of the Secretary
CHICAGO, Ill. — On Thursday, August 16, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and local leaders in Chicago to announce new partnerships and commitments to the Millennium Reserve, as well as a suite of projects to implement President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative in the Calumet Region.
Later in the day, Secretary Salazar and Senator Durbin will travel to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to tour the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education.
Salazar is in Illinois as part of a four-state swing through the Midwest to highlight America's Great Outdoors initiatives that enhance conservation efforts, foster outdoor recreation opportunities, create jobs, and fuel local economies.
Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Dick Durbin, U.S. Senator
Cameron Davis, Senior Advisor to the U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson
Marc Miller, Director of Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Arnold Randall, General Superintendent of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County
Chicago Area Conservation Organizations
Press Conference to Announce Millennium Reserve Projects