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, Secretary Vilsack, CEQ Acting Chair Boots to Announce Final Phase of National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy
Office of the Secretary
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and White House Council on Environmental Quality Acting Chair Mike Boots today will release the final phase of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy – a collaborative response to the wildland fire risks facing the nation. The strategy coordinates and integrates the efforts of federal, tribal, state and non-government partners and private property owners across all lands and jurisdictions.
The senior Administration officials will be joined by Jim Karels, Chair of the Wildland Fire Committee for the National Association of State Foresters, and Will G. May, Jr., National Wildland Fire Coordinator for the International Association of Fire Chiefs
Media may participate in the 2:30 pm EDT news conference by dialing 1-888-391-7047 and providing the access code WILDFIRE.
The National Cohesive Strategy aims to use all stakeholders' wildland firefighting resources to achieve maximum efficiency and impact, reflecting a shared responsibility for managing fire-prone lands; protecting the nation's natural, tribal and cultural resources; and making communities safe and resilient for future generations.
The implementation of the National Cohesive Strategy supports the Obama Administration's Climate Action Plan to reduce wildfire risks, which are exacerbated by heat and drought conditions resulting from climate change. Improving the resilience of landscapes will make natural areas and communities less vulnerable to catastrophic fire.
WHO: Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Boots, Acting Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Jim Karels, Chair of the Wildland Fire Committee for the National Association
of State Foresters Will G. May, Jr., National Wildland Fire Coordinator for the International Association of Fire Chiefs
Release of the Final Phase of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy
Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at 2:30 pm EDT
Media wishing to participate in the news conference should call 1-888-391-7047 and provide the access code WILDFIRE.