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 Commemorate 20th Annual National Public Lands Day in Atlanta
Office of the Secretary
Jewell will Join Hundreds of Volunteers at Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
ATLANTA – On Saturday, September 28, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe and hundreds of volunteers at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia, to commemorate the 20th annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD).
Secretary Jewell and hundreds of volunteers will participate in activities such as pulling weeds at the “I Have a Dream” International World Peace Rose Garden, removing invasive plants at Freedom Park, and cleaning the interior of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was baptized, ordained and served as a co-pastor until his tragic death in 1968.
National Public Lands Day is the largest, single-day volunteer effort on behalf of parks and other public lands. This year more than 180,000 volunteers are expected to volunteer at nearly 2,200 sites across the country.
The National Environmental Education Foundation coordinates National Public Lands Day, which this year will include participation by eight federal agencies and more than 250 state, county and city partners, and nonprofit organizations.
Sally Jewell, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior
Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
JL Armstrong, Board Vice-Chair, National Environmental Education Foundation
Michael Rouse, Vice President, Philanthropy and Community Affairs, Toyota Motor Sales, USA
CeeLo Green, Entertainer & Co-Founder of the GreenHouse Foundation
Judy Forte, Superintendent, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
20th Annual National Public Lands Day Volunteer Event
Saturday, September 28, 2013
8:30 AM – Media check-in
9:00 AM – Speaking program and media availability
9:45 AM – Service projects (b-roll opportunities with speakers and volunteers)
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
450 Auburn Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
Credentialed members of the media are encouraged to RSVP HERE no later than 5:00 PM EDT on Friday, September 27, 2013. Additional logistical information will be provided to confirmed members of the media.