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 Break Ground on World's Largest Solar Power Facility
Office of the Secretary
Marks Major Milestone in Nation's New Energy Frontier
BLYTHE, CA — On Friday, June 17, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. will join local officials and representatives from Solar Trust of America to celebrate the official groundbreaking for the Blythe Solar Power Project, the world's largest solar power facility to be built on public lands. Located eight miles west of Blythe in Riverside County, California, the 1,000 MW project will generate enough electricity to power 300,000-750,000 homes upon completion.
Expected to create over 1,000 jobs during peak construction and close to 300 permanent jobs when fully operational, the Blythe Solar Power Project marks a major milestone in the nation's march toward a renewable energy economy.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Governor of California
Bob Abbey, Director, Bureau of Land Management
John Laird, California Secretary of Natural Resources
Joseph DeConinck, Mayor of Blythe
Uwe T. Schmidt, Solar Trust CEO
Christoph Wolff, CEO of Solar Millennium AG
Blythe Solar Power Project Groundbreaking Ceremony