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 to Announce Nationwide Youth Employment Funding, Opportunities on Public Lands
Office of the Secretary
Will Join Other Leaders and Youth at Wildlife Refuge Outside Denver to Announce New Jobs Across Nation
COMMERCE CITY, CO – As part of the Department of the Interior's ambitious youth initiative to inspire millions of young adults and veterans to play, learn, serve and work in the great outdoors, and the President's 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Initiative, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will travel to Denver, Colorado, on Thursday, May 22, 2014, to make a major announcement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Joining Secretary Jewell at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge outside Denver will be U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment Arthur “Butch” Blazer, Vice President for Government Relations of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Greg Knadle, as well as youth corps members from Groundwork Denver.
Following the announcement, Secretary Jewell will participate in a service project with Groundwork Denver.
Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Arthur “Butch” Blazer, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment Greg Knadle, Vice President, Government Relations, NFWF David Lucas, Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Manager, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Makalah Emanuel, youth representative, Groundwork Denver
Announcement regarding youth employment on U.S. public lands
Thursday, May 22, 2014
11:00 a.m. MDT – media check-in
11:30 a.m. MDT – announcement, followed by service project (b-roll opportunity)
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
6550 Gateway Road
Commerce City, CO 80022
Credentialed members of the media interested in covering the announcement are encouraged to RSVP here by 5:00 p.m. MDT on May 21, 2014.