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 Host Forum to Explore Ways Nation can Honor Contributions of the American Latino
Office of the Secretary
Dialogue with Influential Members of the Latino Community is Part of Important Initiative to ‘Tell America's Story'
KEENE, CA — On Thursday, June 16, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join a broad spectrum of influential business and cultural leaders, and scholars from the Latino community to discuss how the Department can better integrate and highlight past and ongoing contributions of Latino women and men into the National Park Service. By initiating the dialogue, the National Park Service can help tell the story of the American Latino in a more complete and inclusive way.
Hosted by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the “Telling America's Story: The American Latino Heritage Initiative La Paz Forum,” will be a day-long event at the National Chavez Center in Keene, California. The forum will feature speakers such as Moctesuma Esparza, founder of Maya Cinemas and Maya Entertainment, and Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. For a full agenda, please click here.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Jon Jarvis, Director, National Park Service
Julie Rodriguez, Director of Youth, Department of the Interior
Moctesuma Esparza, Founder of Maya Cinemas and Maya Entertainment
Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation
Telling America's Story: The American Latino Heritage Initiative La Paz Forum
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thursday, June 16th, 2011
9:10 a.m. Remarks by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
9:20 a.m. Remarks by Moctesuma Esparza
11:00 a.m. Media Availability with Secretary Salazar, Director Jarvis, Moctesuma Esparza, and Neil Mulholland