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, Director Jarvis to Join New Jersey Congressional Delegation to Dedicate America's 397th National Park
Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park Newest Addition to National Park Service Family
PATERSON, N.J.—On Monday, Nov. 7, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis will visit Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park to officially dedicate the site as the United States' 397th National Park. Salazar and Jarvis will be joined by U.S. Senator's Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr., Mayor of Paterson Jeffrey Jones, and Chairman of the Paterson Municipal Utilities Authority Erik Lowe during the signing ceremony.
Home to one of the nation's largest and most spectacular waterfalls, Great Falls was harnessed to power new industries and played a key role in shaping the American Industrial Revolution and building the U.S. economy. Designated as a National Historic Park by President Obama in March 2009, the National Park Service will continue to work with the State of New Jersey, the City of Paterson, and the community to help ensure that the history and culture of the park is preserved and interpreted for current and future generations of visitors.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Frank R. Lautenberg, U.S. Senator
Robert Menendez, U.S. Senator
Bill Pascrell, Jr., U.S. Representative
Jeffrey Jones, Mayor of Paterson
Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service
Erik Lowe, Chairman of the Paterson Municipal Utilities Authority
Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park Site Tour and Dedication Ceremony
Monday, Nov. 7, 2011
9:30 a.m. EDT
Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park
72 McBride Avenue Extension
Paterson, New Jersey 07501 *Great Falls Overlook on McBride Avenue near Spruce Street
Media interested in attending, please RSVP to Phil Sheridan (NPS) at 215-597-0865