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, Governor Hickenlooper to Announce Next Steps in Fulfilling Vision for America's Next Great Urban Park
DENVER, CO—On Friday, May 4, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will announce the next steps in implementing conservation and recreation projects throughout the Denver metropolitan area and along the South Platte River, including the Rocky Mountain Greenway Project.
Last May, Gov. Hickenlooper and Sec. Salazar announced three conservation initiatives in Colorado as part of the America's Great Outdoors Initiative, a nationwide effort to encourage and support community-driven conservation and recreation projects around the country. On Friday, they will host a meeting with elected officials, local and regional planners, and other open space leaders throughout the metropolitan area to discuss the initiatives' ongoing progress.
The Rocky Mountain Greenway Project focuses on a federal, state, local and stakeholder partnership to enhance the Denver metropolitan area parks, open spaces, river corridors and trails—creating an uninterrupted trails/transportation link connecting the Denver metro area's trail systems, the three National Wildlife Refuges in the metro region, Rocky Mountain National Park, and community trails systems in between.
Sec. Salazar and Gov. Hickenlooper will also be joined by Senator Mark Udall, Congressman Ed Perlmutter and Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock to unveil a Colorado Department of Transportation directional sign for the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. A former chemical weapons manufacturing facility, the site has since been transformed into an urban gateway and sanctuary for residents, visitors and wildlife. The sign is part of an effort to increase the refuge's visibility and encourage more visitors.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado
Michael B. Hancock, Mayor of Denver
Mark Udall, U.S. Senator
Ed Perlmutter, U.S. Representative
Press Conference on Colorado's Great Outdoors
11:30 a.m. MDT
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center