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, Senator Alexander to Highlight Benefits of Public-Private Partnerships During Visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Office of the Secretary
TOWNSEND, TN – On Monday, March 3, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander on a visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, focusing on the value of public-private partnerships to the region. Jewell and Alexander will recognize important community efforts that have benefitted the Park, and underscore the importance of these types of collaborations in preserving America's cultural heritage.
The Secretary and Senator Alexander will join regional stakeholders, local leaders and park officials for a discussion on the importance of public-private partnerships in conserving and honoring our country's shared history for future generations.
The discussion will be followed by an announcement regarding next steps for the region's Collections Preservation Center.
WHO: Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Lamar Alexander, U.S. Senator from Tennessee Pedro Ramos, Acting Superintendent, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Bob Patterson, President, Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
Regional officials and stakeholders
Secretary Jewell Visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
123 Cromwell Drive
Townsend, TN 37882
Monday, March 3 10:15 a.m. ET – Press Check-in 10:30 a.m. ET – Roundtable discussion 11:30 a.m. ET - Press Conference on next steps for Collections Preservation Center
Credentialed members of the media who wish to attend this event are encouraged to RSVP here no later than 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday, February 28.