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 Launch Initiative to Expand National Park Service's Telling of America's Story
Office of the Secretary
New National Park Service LGBT Theme Study to be Announced at Historic Stonewall Inn in New York City
NEW YORK, NY – On Friday, May 30, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will announce a new National Park Service theme study to identify places and events associated with the civil rights struggle of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans and ensure that the agency is telling a complete story of America's heritage and history.
The Stonewall Inn is the site of a riot in 1969 that is widely recognized as a catalyst for the modern civil rights movement in the LGBT community. It is currently the only LGBT-associated site that has been designated a national historic landmark by the National Park Service as a property having extraordinary significance in American history.
The theme study is part of a broader initiative under the Obama Administration to ensure that the National Park Service reflects and tells a more complete story of the people and events responsible for building this nation. The National Park Service has ongoing heritage initiatives to commemorate minorities and women who have made significant contributions to our nation's history and culture, including studies related to Latinos, women's history, and Asian American and Pacific Islanders.
Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Corey Johnson, District 3, New York City Councilman Tim Gill, Founder, Gill Foundation
Launch of New National Park Service Heritage Initiative regarding the LGBT Community
11am EDT, Friday, May 30, 2014
10:45am EDT – Media check-in
53 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
Media interested in attending the press conference are encouraged to RSVP here.