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 Hold Media Availability on Alaska Trip, Climate Science Research
Office of the Secretary
ANCHORAGE, AK – Following a briefing from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on the Alaska Climate Science Center and the Alaska Mapping Initiative, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will hold a media availability in Anchorage on Tuesday, September 3.
The Alaska Climate Science Center opened as the first of eight regional Interior climate science centers in 2011. A partnership between the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the USGS, the center is focused on the creation of information that can be readily used in climate change adaptation, management and planning. The Alaska Climate Science Center plays an important role in President Obama's comprehensive Climate Action Plan and works to provide managers and decision makers with the tools they need to support adaptation and sustainability for natural and cultural resources in a rapidly changing Arctic.
The USGS is also working with the State of Alaska and multiple federal agencies on an initiative to produce new topographic maps of the state, replacing outdated maps that are more than 50 years old. The new, more accurate maps are expected to have many benefits and applications, including improved aviation transportation and a landscape-level understanding of Alaska.
Secretary Jewell is currently making a multi-day trip to Alaska that includes visits to: the communities of King Cove and Cold Bay to inform a pending decision concerning the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge Land Exchange/Road Corridor; the North Slope and the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska to discuss issues regarding resource development and public lands management; and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
USGS Glenn Olds Hall
Alaska Pacific University Campus
4210 University Drive
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Credentialed members of the media are welcome to attend and should RSVP here no later than Monday, September 2 at 2:00pm AKDT