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's Western Jobs Swing Continues with Stops in Arizona and California
WASHINGTON, DC - On Wednesday, January 11, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will kick-off a three-day trip to Arizona and California where he will spotlight the job-creating impacts of a clean energy economy and the economic benefits behind tourism and conservation of our nation's public lands and urban waterways.
In Arizona, Secretary Salazar will tour the site of a solar power plant that is under construction in Gila Bend. Abengoa's Solana Generating Station is expected to create over 1,600 jobs during peak construction and generate 280 megawatts when completed, or enough to power 70,000 homes. Salazar will meet with workers on site and take a first-hand look at Abengoa's unique solar storage technology. Following the site visit, Salazar will hold a stakeholder meeting with business and energy stakeholders in Phoenix to discuss how to unlock clean energy jobs throughout Arizona.
In California, Salazar will join Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday to celebrate the selection of the Los Angeles River Watershed which has been identified twice as a priority project for the Obama administration under the President's America's Great Outdoors (AGO) initiative and the Urban Waters Federal Partnership (UWFP). Both initiatives seek to reconnect Americans to the great outdoors and revitalize urban waterways in underserved communities across the country.
On Friday, Salazar will join Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. in Elk Grove to announce an agreement between the State of California and Interior to advance the state's and nation's renewable energy goals and create clean energy jobs. The event will be held in Elk Grove, the site of a Recurrent Energy solar energy project. Recurrent Energy's four Sacramento-area projects are expected to generate 160 million kWh of electricity in year one, which is roughly equivalent to the electricity consumption of 12,000 average American homes.
Salazar will wrap up his Western job swing with a visit to Fort Ord in California with Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey. A former military base located on the Monterey Peninsula, Fort Ord offers over 86 miles of public trails and welcomes 100,000 visitors a year. During the visit Salazar, Hayes, and Abbey will learn about ongoing efforts to enhance conservation and recreation opportunities in the area.
Arizona: Abengoa's Solana Generating Station Tour and Media Availability
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Manuel Sanchez, Chief Executive Officer, Abengoa
Tour of Abengoa's Solana Generating Station Construction Site and Media Availability
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012
*media need to meet at site no later than 9:45a.m. for security clearance and safety briefing. Please wear hard soled, closed toe shoes.
Solana is located approximately 12 miles west of Gila Bend, Arizona, at the
northwest corner of the intersection of Interstate 8 and Painted Rock Dam Road (I-8 Exit #102). Proceed approximately ½ mile north on Painted Rock Dam Road and follow signs to the Visitor Entrance. Abengoa hosts will greet you there.
Media interested in attending, must RSVP by 10:00 pm MDT TODAY to Allison