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).
Secretary Salazar, BOEM Director Beaudreau to Wrap-Up Brazil Trip with National Media Call
Office of the Secretary
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will conclude his trip to Brazil with a national media call to discuss his visit – focused on promoting key strategic partnerships, energy development and open government as part of President Obama's efforts to create jobs, enhance offshore energy safety and make government more transparent and effective.
On the trip, Secretary Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy Beaudreau held meetings with Brazilian government leaders, Petrobras CEO Gracas Foster, and representatives of U.S. energy companies to discuss best practices for offshore drilling safety and deepwater well containment, as well as opportunities to enhance strategic partnerships on safe and responsible energy development. The meetings build off last year's Ministerial Forum on Offshore Drilling Containment hosted by Secretary Salazar at the Department of the Interior in which ministers and senior officials from 12 countries and the European Union, including Brazil, shared best practices. They also build on workshops and meetings that Interior agencies have hosted with their Brazilian counterparts in recent months.
Earlier today, Secretary Salazar hosted a travel and tourism roundtable in Brasília where he heard from local business leaders including Betty Abrahão, President of Absoluta Turismo, Miguel Vives from Disney Brasil, and Périco Mello of Hotéis Meliá, on efforts to boost tourism in the United States. Brazil is the fourth largest source for international travelers to the United States, with spending by Brazilian visitors reaching over $4.5 billion in 2009. Efforts to streamline Brazilian access to the United States, such as the opening of two new consulates in Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre, will help increase the ability of Brazilians to experience America's most amazing places including America's national parks, wildlife refuges, and public lands.
Prior to today's media call, Salazar will join Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Meeting, an international forum in which representatives from 50 nations will discuss progress towards making government more open, effective, and accountable.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Tommy Beaudreau, Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Media Call with Secretary Salazar and BOEM Director Beaudreau