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).
AMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS: Department of the Interior & White House Office of Public Engagement Team Up to Host White House Forum on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage
Office of the Secretary
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, May 9, national leaders and scholars will discuss how the legacy of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders should be recognized, preserved, and interpreted for future generations as the U.S. Department of the Interior hosts the White House Forum on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage. The event will feature remarks by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and senior Obama administration officials, as well as panel discussions featuring nationally recognized AAPI scholars and historians.
In the coming months, the National Park Service will continue to work with scholars representing the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities to explore ways to celebrate and understand their unique heritage. The Service's National Historic Landmark Program will continue to develop a theme study to help guide future nominations of National Historic Landmarks and National Register of Historic Places properties.
In February, then-Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the National Park Service would undertake an Asian American Pacific Islander Theme Study to investigate the stories, places, and people of AAPI heritage. The new study is part of a broader effort under President Obama's America's Great Outdoors program to commemorate and tell a more inclusive story of all Americans, including minorities and women who have made significant contributions to our nation's history and culture.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Tina Tchen, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director, National Park Service U.S. Representative Judy Chu, Chair, Congressional AAPI Caucus Rhea Suh, Assistant Secretary, Policy, Management and Budget, DOI Jon Jang, Musician & Composer
Panel 1: Telling America's Story, An AAPI Lens
Lisa Hasegawa, Executive Director, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development Joan Shigekawa, Acting Chair of the National Endowment of the Arts Robin Danner, President & CEO, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement Helen Zia, Journalist and Author, Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People Brian Yang, American Actor and Producer Nikolao Pula, Director, Office of Insular Affairs Raiatea Helm, Hawaiian Vocalist/Ukulele Player
Panel 2: AAPI Contributions to America's Culture
Kiran Ahuja, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Kathy Ko Chin, President and CEO, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) Franklin Odo, AAPI Scholars Panel Chair, Asian American Government Executives Network Dawn Mabalon, Professor, San Francisco State University Pawan Dhingra, Professor of Sociology, Tufts University Sue Lee, Executive Director, Chinese Historical Society of America
The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation & Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Department of the Interior and White House Office of Public Engagement will host a forum on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage to build on President Obama's America's Great Outdoors program to tell a more inclusive story of all Americans
Thursday, May 9, 2013
12:30pm—1:00pm EST: Registration and Networking
1:45pm—2:45pm EST: Panel 1: Telling America's Story, An AAPI Lens
2:45pm—3:15pm EST: Networking break with refreshments
3:15pm—3:30pm EST: Musical Performance
3:30pm—4:30pm EST: Panel 2: AAPI Contributions to America's Culture