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 Join Gov. Hickenlooper for Tour of Sage Grouse Conservation Efforts Underway at Colorado Ranch
Office of the Secretary
Will Highlight Importance of Conservation Partnerships to Improve Habitat for Sage Grouse
CRAIG, CO – On Tuesday, January 21, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and other Interior Department officials at the Bord Gulch Ranch in Craig, Colorado, to tour innovative sage grouse conservation efforts being undertaken by ranch manager Ray Owens. Owens was recently named one of two recipients of Colorado Parks and Wildlife's 2013 Wildlife Landowner of the Year award.
Jewell and Hickenlooper will highlight the importance of partnerships between the federal government, states, private landowners and other stakeholders in creating and implementing a landscape-level conservation strategy for the species, which will be considered for possible protection under the Endangered Species Act by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado
Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Neil Kornze, Principal Deputy Director of the Bureau of Land Management
Ray Owens, Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Wildlife Landowner of the Year
Ranch tour and brief media availability
Tuesday, January 21
1:00 p.m. MST – Media check-in
1:15 p.m. MST – Ranch tour followed by brief media availability
Bord Gulch Ranch
County Road 7 (Between Mile Markers 17 & 18)
Craig, CO 81625
Credentialed members of the media who wish to attend the ranch tour and media availability are required to RSVP here no later than 6:00 PM MST on Monday, January 20.