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).
Historic Klamath Basin Water Agreement to be Signed at Friday Event
Office of the Secretary
SALEM, OR – Governor John Kitzhaber, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, Undersecretary of the Department of Commerce Kathryn Sullivan, California Resources Secretary John Laird, Klamath Tribal Chair Don Gentry, and members of the Klamath Basin Task Force will gather on Friday, April 18, for the official signing of the historic Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement.
Members of the Klamath Tribes and Upper Basin water users have come together and developed solutions to water issues affecting the region. The Upper Basin Agreement represents an historic milestone for one of the most complex and contentious natural water wars in the West.
Friday's event will celebrate the leadership, good faith, and hard work that made the Agreement possible while highlighting the economic and environmental benefits for the Klamath region.
Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior John Kitzhaber, Governor of Oregon Ron Wyden, U.S. Senator from Oregon Jeff Merkley, U.S. Senator from Oregon Kathryn Sullivan, Undersecretary of the Department of Commerce John Laird, California Resources Secretary Don Gentry, Tribal Chair
Members of the Klamath Basin Task Force
Klamath Basin Water Agreement Signing Ceremony
Collier State Park, 46000 US Highway 97
Approximately 4 miles north of Chiloquin, Oregon, and 30 miles north of Klamath Falls
Friday, April 18
9:00 - 9:20 AM Check In
9:20 - 11:00 AM Ceremony
Please RSVP here by 3:00 PM Pacific time, Thursday, April 17