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 Mark Completion of First Wind Farm on Public Lands in Nevada, Deliver Keynote at National Clean Energy Summit
LAS VEGAS – On Tuesday, August 7, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join Senator Harry Reid to mark the completion of the first wind power facility built on federal lands in Nevada. Sec. Salazar and Sen. Reid will be joined at the 8:30 a.m. PDT news conference by Pattern Energy CEO Mike Garland, American Wind Energy Association's CEO Denise Bode, and Center for American Progress' John Podesta.
Following the press conference, Salazar will deliver keynote remarks at the National Clean Energy Summit 5.0, beginning at 9:15 a.m. PDT. Salazar is expected to discuss the significant progress that has been made in the past three years to spur renewable energy development on public lands in the West and offshore wind energy on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf.