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).
FRIDAY: Secretary Jewell to Announce Major Milestone for Early Restoration Projects in Louisiana
Office of the Secretary
Projects Part of Landscape-Level Restoration Efforts along Gulf Coast Region
NEW ORLEANS, LA — Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will be in New Orleans on Friday to announce another milestone toward the restoration of the Gulf coast region following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. At 9am CST, Jewell will join local, federal and state officials to announce the third and largest phase of early restoration projects along the Gulf Coast as proposed by the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees.
Jewell will also highlight ongoing interagency work to restore the region's natural resources and underscore how Gulf Coast resilience is an important part of the President's Climate Action Plan, which includes key measures to restore natural features along shorelines that help better protect communities from future storms.
WHO: Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Cindy Dohner, Southeast Regional Director, US Fish and Wildlife Service & Authorized Official, U.S. Department of Interior Lance Hatten, Superintendent, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve Garrett Graves, Chair, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana
Announcement of Gulf Coast Restoration Milestone
Friday, December 6, 2013
8:45 a.m. CST – Media Check-In
9:00 a.m. CST – Press Conference
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
Environmental Education Center & Amphitheatre
6588 Barataria Boulevard
Marrero, LA 70072
Media interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP here by 5:00 p.m. CST on Thursday, December 5.