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).
Interior Secretary Jewell and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack in Colorado to Announce Western Watershed Enhancement Partnership
Office of the Secretary
Partnership will invest in critical water resources that are susceptible to wildfires; Pilot project in Colorado to serve as model for other Western states
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, July 19, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Senator Mark Udall will host an event at Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins, Colo., to announce a federal, local and private partnership to reduce the risks of wildfire to Colorado's water supply.
Friday's announcement will serve as the kickoff for the Western Watershed Enhancement Partnership, which is part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan that outlines a comprehensive approach to better prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change.
Through the initiative, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation will work together with water users to identify and mitigate risks of wildfire on Forest Service lands that threaten Bureau of Reclamation water supply, irrigation and hydroelectric facilities.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture
Mark Udall, Senator
Announcement of a federal, local and private collaboration to reduce the risks of wildfire to America's water supply