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).
Secretaries Salazar, LaHood, and Governor Hickenlooper to Make Major Funding Announcement about Colorado's Rocky Mountain Greenway
Will also Celebrate Recent Expansion of Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – On February 18, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to make a major announcement about the Rocky Mountain Greenway.
The Rocky Mountain Greenway is a proposed trail and open space network that will connect hundreds of miles of trails in the Denver metropolitan area. Part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Program, the Greenway will create an uninterrupted link between three urban national wildlife refuges – Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Rocky Flats, and Two Ponds – as well as Rocky Mountain National Park and community trail systems.
The event will also be a celebration of a recent expansion that added 1,200 acres of vital wildlife habitat to Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge.
WHO: Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
Local Officials and Partners
WHEN: Monday, February 18, 2013 @ 2pm MST
WHERE: Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
6550 Gateway Road
Commerce City, CO 80022
From 1-70: Take Quebec Street exit north. Turn right on Prairie Parkway. Turn left on Gateway Road and follow to Refuge entrance.