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 Meet with Spanish Energy Industry Leaders, Participate in U.S.-Spain Council
Office of the Secretary
News media teleconference today
OVIEDO, SPAIN – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today will hold a news media teleconference, along with U.S. Ambassador to Spain Alan D. Solomont, to discuss his trip to Spain, including his meetings with leaders of Spain's renewable and conventional energy industries.
Secretary Salazar is in Spain to participate in the U.S.-Spain Council Business Forum and to strengthen ties between the two countries, particularly in the areas of renewable energy development. As part of his visit, Salazar will hold a roundtable meeting with renewable energy executives and will visit a solar power tower site built by Abengoa Solar, Inc.
Secretary Salazar will also meet with representatives from Repsol, the Spanish national oil and gas company, as part of Interior's ongoing effort to engage industry and the international community in a dialogue on safe and responsible offshore oil and gas development.
Ken Salazar, U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary
Alan D. Solomont, U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra
Friday, June 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm EDT
Credentialed media in the United States are invited to join the teleconference by calling 1-866-844-9416 and providing the passcode ENERGY. Media in Spain can join the call by dialing 800-300-906 and providing the passcode ENERGY.