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 Team Up with CAL FIRE to Raise Awareness as California Prepares for Above Normal Wildfire Season
Office of the Secretary
SAN DIEGO, California – On Tuesday, May 6, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join with California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird, Chief Ken Pimlott, Director of CAL FIRE and other key Southern California first responders to educate the public and communities on how they can help prepare for what's expected to be a serious fire season throughout California.
The San Diego event is part of California's Wildfire Awareness Week, a weeklong series of events up and down the Golden State to discuss simple steps the public and communities can take to prepare for and prevent the wildfires.
As climate change spurs extended droughts and longer fire seasons, the Obama Administration is working with state, local and tribal partners to maintain healthy landscapes, prepare communities for fire season, and better address the nation's wildland fire threats.
According to a congressionally-mandated FLAME Act report, the current wildfire outlook for significant fires in California through May 2014 is above normal. The U.S. Forest Service and the Department of the Interior are projected to spend over $470 million more than is available to fight wildfires this season. The report estimates that the Forest Service and Interior may need to spend $1.8 billion fighting fires this year, while the agencies have only $1.4 billion available for firefighting.
In 2013, nearly 10,000 fires were reported in the state, burning 578,000 acres. The largest was the Rim Fire that burned more than 257,000 acres across the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park, destroying homes, commercial properties and threatening the Hetch-Hetchy Valley and reservoir, a water source for the city of San Francisco.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior John Laird, California Secretary for Natural Resources Chief Ken Pimlott, Director, CAL FIRE Greg Griswold, San Diego (MVU) Unit Chief Mark Ghilarducci, Director, California Office of Emergency Services Shawna Legarza, U.S. Forest Service Region 5 Director of Fire & Aviation Management
Wildfire Awareness Event
Tuesday, May 6, 2014; 11:30 a.m. PDT
CAL FIRE San Diego Unit Headquarters
2249 Jamacha Road
El Cajon, San Diego County,
Media wishing to attend the event should RSVP here.