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).
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to Host Media Conference Call on the 2013 Wildfire Season Forecast
Office of the Secretary
WASHINGTON – On Monday, May 13, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will host a media conference call to provide an outlook for the 2013 fire season and to outline the federal government's efforts to ensure collaboration in protecting Americans from wildfire. They will be joined by U.S. Fire Administrator Ernest Mitchell from FEMA's U.S Fire Administration and John Segar, Chairman of the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group at the National Interagency Fire Center.
This year, significant fire potential is predicted to be above normal in much of the West, including almost all of Arizona, New Mexico, California and Oregon; and portions of Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, and Washington. In 2012, 9.3 million acres of private, state, and federal land, and more than 4,400 structures burned in wildfires. That was the third highest number of acres burned since at least 1960, the earliest date with reliable records.
Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Ernest Mitchell, Administrator of FEMA's U.S. Fire Administration John Segar, Chairman of the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group at the National Interagency Fire Center
Media call to provide an outlook for the 2013 fire season
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 1:00 P.M. EDT
Audio Bridge Number: 888-455-0739
Trouble number – 202-720-8560
All callers using the above passcode will be placed in listen only mode. To join the Q&A portion of the meeting, these callers are instructed to press *1 on their touch tone phone.