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 to Announce Results of 39 Million Acre Offshore Central Gulf Lease Sale
Office of the Secretary
Will tour efforts in Louisiana to repair and restore the Gulf
NEW ORLEANS, LA — Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on Wednesday, June 20, will be in New Orleans to participate in the Central Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale.
Conducted by Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the lease sale will begin at 9:00 a.m. CDT at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, offering 7,434 Outer Continental Shelf tracts from three to more than 230 miles offshore Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. This is the first offshore lease sale in the Central Gulf since the Deepwater Horizon incident and is part of President Obama's goal of expanding safe and responsible domestic energy production. BOEM has received 593 bids submitted by 48 companies on 454 tracts.
At 12:00 p.m. CDT, Salazar will hold a news media teleconference to announce the results of the Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 216/222. Salazar will also discuss his tour of the Breton National Wildlife Refuge and Delta National Wildlife Refuge where early restoration projects are underway as part of efforts to repair and restore the Gulf after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
BOEM Director Tommy Beaudreau
BOEM Gulf of Mexico Region Director John Rodi
Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 216/222 and News Teleconference
Wednesday, June 20, 2011
9:00 a.m. CDT / 10:00 a.m. EDT Lease Sale Begins
9:30 a.m. CDT / 10:30 a.m. EDT Media Availability at Superdome