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).
Secretary Jewell, Mayor Bloomberg to Re-Open Statue of Liberty on July 4th
Office of the Secretary
Nation's Birthday to Mark First Public Access to Iconic Symbol Since Hurricane Sandy
NEW YORK, N.Y. – On July 4, 2013, the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island will reopen to the public for the first time since Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, and other dignitaries in a ceremony and ribbon cutting on Liberty Island to celebrate the reopening.
A ferry from the Marine Inspection Office in lower Manhattan will provide accredited media access to Liberty Island to cover the ceremony. There will be no media access to the Statue or pedestal.
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez
National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis
Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Superintendent David Luchsinger
Re-Opening Ceremony for the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island
Thursday, July 4, 2013, 10:30 a.m. EDT (media must arrive by 8:00 a.m. EDT)
Marine Inspection Office (MIO), located in between the U.S. Coast Guard building and the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in lower Manhattan, to board the media ferry to Liberty Island
Credentialed members of the media must RSVP via email no later than 12:00 P.M. EDT on Wednesday, July 3, to secure space on the ferry. Please send an email to Emily_Beyer@ios.doi.gov with “STATUE REOPENING RSVP” in the subject line. Please include the name of the media outlet you represent, contact information, and the names and titles of representatives attending the event.
NOTE: Additional logistical information will be provided upon receipt of RSVP