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, Transportation Secretary Foxx, Sen. McCaskill to Celebrate Groundbreaking for Improved Access to St. Louis Arch
Office of the Secretary
Revitalized Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Would Add 4,400 Jobs to St. Louis Region
ST. LOUIS, MO – On Friday, August 2, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, and state and city officials and local partners will meet in St. Louis to break ground on the ‘Park over the Highway' project, the first component in the CityArchRiver 2015 plan to revitalize and improve access to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, home of the Gateway Arch.
The ‘Park Over the Highway' will feature a landscaped structure over Interstate 70 that will improve pedestrian accessibility and create a model urban national park, providing increased opportunities for outdoor recreation and inviting more people to fully enjoy the natural beauty, culture, and history of the area.
The project component is being funded through a $20 million federal grant matched by $25 million from the state and $10 million from the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation. Overall, the CityArchRiver 2015 initiative is expected to boost visitation to the memorial. CityArchRiver also expects the initiative to support an estimated 4,400 new permanent jobs in the region.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay
MoDOT Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger
CityArchRiver Chairman Walter Metcalfe
Press Conference & Groundbreaking for the ‘Park Over the Highway' project;
Media Availability to follow immediately after remarks
Friday, August 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. Central
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Luther Ely Smith Square
(Corner of Chestnut Street & Memorial Drive, between the Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse)
MEDIA: Credentialed members of the media are welcomed to attend the press conference and ground breaking. Please RSVP no later than 6:00pm EDT on Thursday, August 1st to Emily Beyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) with name, outlet and contact information.