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).
Secretaries Vilsack and Salazar to Hold Media Conference Call on New Wildlife Conservation Initiative
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Tomorrow, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will host a media conference call to announce new funding and spotlight the working lands wildlife conservation efforts taking root across the country.
As part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative, the administration is partnering with federal, state and local wildlife experts to jointly identify at-risk species that would benefit from targeted investments of habitat restoration on private lands.
Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture
Ken Salazar, Secretary of Interior
Media conference call on the Obama Administration's wildlife
Thursday, March 8, 2012
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