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 Members of Idaho and Oregon Delegations, Gov. Otter for Briefing on 2014 Fire Season Outlook
Office of the Secretary
President's Budget Proposal Includes New Framework to Fund Major Wildfires
BOISE – On Monday, March 17, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will visit the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho for a briefing on the outlook of the 2014 wildfire season.
With fire seasons becoming longer and more intense, President Obama's FY15 budget proposes a new framework for funding fire suppression operations in the Interior Department and the U.S. Forest Service to provide stable funding for fire suppression, while minimizing the adverse impacts of fire transfers on the budgets of other fire and non-fire programs.
Jewell will be joined by Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, federal fire officials and members from the Idaho and Oregon delegations who are championing the legislation in the Senate and House to reform federal wildfire policy.
WHO: Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Mike Crapo, U.S. Senator from Idaho Jim Risch, U.S. Senator from Idaho Ron Wyden, U.S. Senator from Oregon Jeff Merkley, U.S. Senator from Oregon Mike Simpson, U.S. Representative from Idaho Raúl Labrador, U.S. Representative from Idaho C.L. “Butch” Otter, Governor of Idaho
Federal fire officials
Briefing on 2014 wildfire season and media availability on federal wildfire funding
Monday, March 17, 2014
11:00 a.m. MT – Media check-in
11:15 a.m. MT – Briefing begins
National Interagency Fire Center
Jack Wilson HQ Building
3833 Development Avenue
Boise, ID NOTE: Enter through security gates off of Vista Avenue
Reporters wishing to join by telephone conference please dial (800) 369-1885 Passcode: FIRE
Media interested in attending or joining by telephone conference are encouraged to RSVP here