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 Celebrate Point Arena-Stornetta Addition to California Coastal Monument
Office of the Secretary
POINT ARENA – On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join the local community and other federal, state and local leaders to celebrate President Obama's designation today of the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of California Coastal National Monument.
Jewell will be joined by White House Council on Environmental Quality Acting Chair Mike Boots, Bureau of Land Management Principal Deputy Director Neil Kornze, and other local leaders.
The 1,665 acres of public lands at Point Arena-Stornetta is the first shoreline addition to the monument, which was first established in 2000 to protect more than 20,000 rocks, islands, exposed reefs, and pinnacles along the 1,100 miles of California's coast.
The President's action honors years of work from Point Arena community and businesses for increased protection and recognition for the significant and spectacular stretch of public lands along the Mendocino coastline in Northern California.
In addition to providing scenic recreation for residents and visitors and an outdoor classroom near Point Arena schools, the lands are recognized by state and federal agencies as containing significant natural resources, including important wildlife habitat, coastal bluffs and shelves, tide pools, dunes, coastal prairies, and the mouth and estuary of the Garcia River.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Mike Boots, White House Council on Environmental Quality Acting Chair Neil Kornze, Principal Deputy Director at the Bureau of Land Management
Other local leaders and officials
Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands Celebration
Wednesday, March 12, 2014; 2:00 p.m. PDT
Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands off Lighthouse Road
Parking and shuttle services will be provided at:
Point Arena City Hall
451 School St.
Pt. Arena, CA 95468
Media interested in attending the event are encouraged to RSVP here by 6pm PDT.