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, Senior Obama Administration Officials to Join Mayor Cownie, Other Leaders in Des Moines, Iowa, for Climate Task Force Meeting
Office of the Secretary
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, May 14th, senior Obama Administration officials including White House Council on Environmental Quality Acting Chair Mike Boots, White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs David Agnew, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Assistant to the President for Science and Technology Dr. John Holdren will join Mayor Cownie of Des Moines, Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois, and state, local and tribal leaders from across the country for a media availability in Des Moines, Iowa, following the third meeting of President Obama's Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.
The President established the Task Force last fall to advise the Administration on how the Federal Government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change. Supporting state and local efforts to protect communities from the effects of climate change is an important part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan.
The Task Force meeting will focus on improving the resilience of our Nation's natural resources and agriculture as well as health and community development. Administration officials and Task Force members will be available to the media following the meeting.
The Task Force held its first meeting in December at the White House, and recently met in Los Angeles for the Task Force's second meeting.
Mike Boots, Acting Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality David Agnew, Director, White House Intergovernmental Affairs Sally Jewell, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology Pat Quinn, Governor of Illinois T.M. Franklin Cownie, Mayor, Des Moines Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency Let Mon Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture Harriet Tregoning, Director of Economic Resilience, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Captain Jose Belardo, Regional Health Administrator, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Dr. Judith Monroe, Director of the Office of State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Members of the State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience
Press Conference on Climate Change Preparedness and Resilience