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, CEQ Chair Sutley will Speak at Fort Ord Dedication Ceremony
WASHINGTON -- On Saturday, May 19, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley will speak at the dedication ceremony for the recently established Fort Ord National Monument. Rep. Sam Farr, Garrison Commander Col. Joel J. Clark, Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes and Director of the Bureau of Land Management Bob Abbey will join them.
Participants and media should plan to arrive no later than 10 a.m. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley
Representative Sam Farr
Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes
Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey
Garrison Commander Col. Joel J. Clark
Dedication of the Fort Ord National Monument
Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Savings Time
Fort Ord National Monument lands near Monterey, Calif. From the corner of General Jim Moore Blvd and Gigling Rd., follow the BLM Special Event signs (about 12 minutes)
Credentialed news media representatives may cover this event. Please contact Erin Curtis, 916-350-0518, to RSVP and get further information.