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).
Salazar to Dedicate New High-Tech Visitor Center at Boston's Historic Faneuil Hall
BOSTON – On Friday, May 25, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and other dignitaries to dedicate the new visitor center at Faneuil Hall, the site of events important to American history including the American Revolution and the Abolitionist Movement.
Boston National Historical Park already attracts more than 3 million visitors a year and supports more than 1,200 jobs in the local community. The new visitor center is expected to help increase visitor numbers and improve visitors' experiences.
The new enhanced facility - a collaboration between the city of Boston and the National Park Service - includes interactive exhibits, an audio visual orientation program, handicapped-accessible public restrooms, and a bookstore. The space is comprised of 7,400 square feet for visitor services and community meeting space.
Later on Friday, Salazar will join U.S. Representative Niki Tsongas for a tour of the Lowell National Historical Park where he will see first-hand how the Park has helped spur economic revitalization throughout the city of Lowell.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Thomas M. Menino, Boston Mayor
Senator Scott Brown
Congressman Michael Capuano
Cassius Cash, Superintendent, Boston National Historical Park
Dedication of New Faneuil Hall Visitor Center
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 11:30 AM EDT
Boston's Visitor Center, Market Level of Historic Faneuil Hall