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, UFW President Rodriguez and the Chávez Family to Celebrate César Chávez's Legacy at Dedication of Delano's ‘Forty Acres'
Office of the Secretary
DELANO, CA— On Monday, February 21st, 2011, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez and Paul Chávez, César Chávez's son and president of the César Chávez Foundation, will celebrate the life and legacy of the legendary farm labor and civil rights leader at the long-awaited “Forty Acres” plaque dedication ceremony.
Designated as a National Historic Landmark in October 2008, the site serves as an example of the historical and cultural preservation called for in the America's Great Outdoors Initiative. The 40-acre plot west of Delano is where many of the most momentous and historical events of the 1960s farm worker movement took place. Members of the media are invited to attend a brief walking tour of the site prior to the ceremony.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Arturo S. Rodriguez, United Farm Workers President