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 Sign Landmark Conservation Agreement at Ducks Unlimited Conference in Nashville
Office of the Secretary
Plan lays out renewed vision for conserving wetlands and waterfowl
NASHVILLE, TN— On Thursday, May 31, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will hold a town hall meeting at the Ducks Unlimited 75th Anniversary National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, where he will sign the landmark 2012 North American Waterfowl Management Plan.
Secretary Salazar is expected to discuss the value of conservation and outdoor recreation to our nation's economy with members from Ducks Unlimited, a group founded by sportsmen in 1937 to conserve, restore, and manage North America's wetlands for the benefit of waterfowl, wildlife and people.
The North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) is the centerpiece of an international strategy to conserve migratory waterfowl throughout the continent. First signed in 1986 by the United States and Canada, with Mexico becoming a signatory in 1994, it has remained a vital document for guiding resources to conserve waterfowl and their habitat.
Waterfowl are among North America's most valued natural resources. In 2006, an estimated 87.5 million Americans spent $122.3 billion on wildlife-related recreation, including 1.8 million waterfowl hunters who spent nearly $1 billion on trips and equipment.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
John Newman, President of Ducks Unlimited
Jim Ringelman, Director of Conservation Programs in the Great Plains Region, Ducks Unlimited
Signing of NAWMP and Town Hall Meeting with Ducks Unlimited