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: White River to be Designated Nation's Second National Blueway
Officials to Unveil Series of New Initiatives to Support Existing Partnerships
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – On Wednesday, January 9, 2013, Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes will join Senator Mark Pryor, Congressman Tim Griffin, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Terrence “Rock” Salt, and Deputy Undersecretary of Agriculture Ann Mills, as well as other federal, state and local officials and conservation partners to announce that the White River, along with its watershed, has been designated the nation's second National Blueway.
As part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative to establish a community-driven conservation and recreation agenda for the 21st century, Wednesday's designation will recognize the innovative partnerships that are working to conserve the White River across its watershed from the Ozarks to the Mississippi. Federal leaders will also announce a series of new initiatives aimed at supporting the new National Blueway.
David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior
Senator Mark Pryor
Congressman Tim Griffin
Terrence “Rock” Salt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Civil Works
Ann Mills, USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources & Environment
Cynthia Dohner, Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Scott Simon, Director, Arkansas Office, The Nature Conservancy
Jim Stinson, Mayor, Clarendon, Arkansas
David Houghton, President, National Wildlife Refuge Association
Representatives of the states of Arkansas and Missouri
National Blueway Recognition Ceremony for the White River and Watershed