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).
AMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS: Secretary Salazar, Director Abbey to Visit California's Imperial Sand Dunes
Office of the Secretary
EL CENTRO, CA—Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey will visit the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (Dunes) in the California desert on Sunday to participate in responsible, family-oriented OHV recreation. As part of the Obama Administration's America's Great Outdoors initiative, Secretary Salazar and Directory Abbey will highlight the importance of outdoor recreation to our nation's economy and quality of life. Secretary Salazar and Director Abbey will also attend a youth OHV safety training and meet with family campers and community vendors.
Covering over 160,000 acres of public lands managed by BLM, the Dunes is a popular destination for OHV recreation that attracts anywhere from 100,000 to 200,000 visitors on busy holiday weekends.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Bob Abbey, Bureau of Land Management Director
Visit to Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area
Sunday, February 20th, 2011
Meet at the BLM's Cahuilla Ranger Station near the intersection of Gecko Road and Highway 78
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