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 Detail Visit to North Dakota's Oil Fields; Announce Initiatives to Accelerate Drilling Permits and Leases
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will hold a press call to wrap-up his two-day trip to North Dakota and to announce new initiatives that will help expedite safe and responsible development of domestic energy resources on U.S. public lands in the Dakotas, Montana and states across the country. Salazar will be joined by Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey.
Salazar's visit to North Dakota came as part of a three-state swing to promote energy and tourism as economic engines. On Monday, Salazar was in Dickinson where he toured oil and gas development operations on federal mineral estate and met with federal employees. Earlier today, he was at the Fort Berthold Reservation where he met with the Three Affiliated Tribes to discuss the economic benefits of domestic energy production for American Indian communities.