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 Make Major Announcement Advancing Youth & Conservation Initiative
Office of the Secretary
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 8, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. and the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the FDR Memorial in Washington, D.C. to make a major announcement regarding an initiative to better connect the next generation to America's great outdoors.
In October, Jewell delivered a speech at the National Press Club outlining her conservation vision for the country, which includes an ambitious initiative to engage the next generation through education, employment and volunteer opportunities on public lands.
On Wednesday, Jewell and American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. will announce an unprecedented private sector commitment that will help put young people and veterans to work on public lands and build a bold, new 21st Century Conservation Service Corps. Youth engagement has been a signature part of President Obama's conservation agenda, and Wednesday's announcement builds upon the ongoing partnership with USDA and other members of the federal family through the 21CSC.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and the Environment & 21st Century CSC Steering Committee Co-Chair Helga Ying, Vice President of External Engagement and Social Responsibility, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. Bob Vogel, National Mall & Memorial Parks Superintendent LaShauntya Moore, Earth Conservation Corps, Youth Program Coordinator
Announcement regarding Youth Initiative
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
10:45 a.m. EST – Media Check-In//Press Parking is Available on W. Basin Drive
11:00 a.m. EST – Press Conference
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
1850 West Basin Dr SW
Washington, D.C. 20242
Credentialed members of the media who wish to attend this event are encouraged to RSVP here no later than 5:00 PM EST on Tuesday, January 7.