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, Governor Dayton to Tour Mississippi National River, Meet With Stakeholders
Office of the Secretary
Will also hold town hall at University of Minnesota to wrap-up four-state Midwest Swing on conservation, outdoor recreation
ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Friday, August 17, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton on a boat tour of the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area. Following the tour, Salazar will hold a media availability and meet with America's Great Outdoors stakeholders to discuss the Obama administration's commitment to promoting community-based recreation and conservation while advancing job and volunteer opportunities.
Media is invited to participate in the boat tour with Salazar and Dayton. Space is limited, so RSVP's are required no later than 4:30 p.m. CDT.
At 11 a.m. CDT, Salazar will host a town hall at the University of Minnesota, where he will discuss the potential impacts of unbalanced cuts to conservation, tourism, and the outdoor economy.
Salazar's visit to Minnesota will conclude a four-state tour this week to highlight America's Great Outdoors initiatives that enhance conservation efforts, foster outdoor recreation opportunities, create jobs, and fuel local economies.
EVENT #1—Mississippi National River and Recreation Area AGO Project Boat Tour & Media Availability
Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Mark Dayton, Governor of Minnesota Tom Landwehr, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Boat Tour of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and Media Availability
Friday, August 17, 2012 8:00 a.m. CDT – boat tour 9:15 a.m. CDT – media availability
St. Paul Yacht Club 375 Water Street West Saint Paul, MN
Credentialed media interested in attending the boat tour must RSVP to Queen Muse (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than 4:30 p.m. CDT on August 16 in order to secure space on the boat.
EVENT #2—AGO / Conservation Town Hall
Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
America's Great Outdoors Town Hall
Friday, August 17, 2012 11:00 a.m. CDT
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Humphrey School of Public Affairs Cowles Auditorium 301 19th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN