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 Convene National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of President Obama's commitment to fulfilling this nation's trust responsibilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will convene the first meeting of the Commission established to undertake a forward-looking, comprehensive evaluation of Interior's trust management.
The first meeting of the National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform will be a two-day event held on Thursday and Friday, March 1-2, 2012, in Washington, DC. [Please note the new location in the details below.] Each day's session will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendance is open to the public, but limited space is available. Members of the public and media who wish to attend should RSVP to: email@example.com.
The meeting will mark the first time the five recently-named members of the commission meet to move forward on their comprehensive evaluation of Interior's management and administration of the nearly $4 billion in trust assets, as well as recommendations for improvement. Building upon the progress made with the historic Cobell Settlement, the reform commission will help usher in a new era of trust administration, stressing responsive, customer-friendly, accountable and transparent management of these substantial funds and assets.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes
Interior Solicitor Hilary Tompkins
Commission Chair Fawn R. Sharp and members Dr. Peterson Zah,
Stacy Leeds, and Bob Anderson
Inaugural meeting of the National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform
Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, March 2, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
National Park Service, Conference Room 202
1201 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005 Please note this is a new location
Attendance is open to the public, but limited space is available. Members of the public who wish to attend should RSVP by February 29, 2012 to: firstname.lastname@example.org