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 Highlight Cultural and Historic Tourism in San Antonio
Office of the Secretary
Will speak at US/ICOMOS Symposium; Visit San Antonio Missions
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Today and tomorrow, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will visit San Antonio to highlight the advancement of the San Antonio Franciscan Missions toward nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage List. During his visit, Secretary Salazar will discuss the importance of preserving the city's iconic cultural and historic sites to grow domestic and international travel and tourism and create jobs – part of part of Interior's ongoing efforts to capture and tell a more inclusive story of American history.
On Thursday, May 31, Secretary Salazar will deliver remarks to the 15th annual international symposium of the U.S. National Committee for ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites), celebrating the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention.
On Friday, June 1, Secretary Salazar will hold a press conference at Mission Concepción to discuss the San Antonio Franciscan Missions and the progress underway toward nomination to the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage List.
Under the Convention, the Secretary of the Interior is charged with identifying and nominating worthy U.S. sites that display superlative cultural and/or natural attributes for designation. The San Antonio Franciscan Missions, currently on the Tentative List of Potential Future Nominations, includes four missions (San Antonio Missions National Historical Park) and the Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero).
The visit is part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative to establish a conservation ethic for the 21st Century and to reconnect Americans to our nation's natural, cultural, and historic heritage. The Obama administration is committed to recognizing and preserving important chapters in the nation's story that have not yet been fully told, such as the contributions of Latinos to the building of America.
The visit also builds on the Obama administration's recently-announced National Tourism and Travel Strategy, which delivered on President Obama's call in January for a national strategy to promote domestic and international travel opportunities throughout the United States.
THURSDAY: ICOMOS OPENING NIGHT DINNER
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Remarks to the U.S. National Committee for ICOMOS
Thursday, May 31, 2012 @ 7:30 p.m. CDT
Mission San Jose
1601 San Jose Drive
San Antonio, TX 78214
Credentialed members of the media are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Eric Foultz at (210) 325-1025 or email@example.com
FRIDAY: PRESS CONFERENCE
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Gustavo Araoz, President, ICOMOS
Henry Muñoz, Board Member, National Park Foundation
Rachel Jacobson, DOI Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks
John Lujan, Superintendent, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
Friday, June 1, 2012 @ 10 a.m. CDT
807 Mission Road
San Antonio, TX 78210
Credentialed members of the media are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Al Remley at (210) 304-0431 or firstname.lastname@example.org