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 Tour Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, Highlight Landscape-Level Efforts to Conserve Longleaf Pine Ecosystem
Office of the Secretary
AWENDAW, SC – On Wednesday, November 20, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will visit Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge to tour a proposed project to conserve nearly 4,000 acres of longleaf pine ecosystem in the South Carolina Longleaf Legacy / Santee River Basin.
Jewell will also host a roundtable discussion with local stakeholders who are spearheading efforts to conserve the longleaf pine forest across the Southeast.
Wednesday's visit will expand upon Jewell's National Press Club remarks last month, where she underscored the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to collaborative, landscape-level conservation and to leverage public-private partnerships.
WHO: Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Michael Oetker, Deputy Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Raye Nilius, Project Leader, South Carolina Lowcountry Refuges Complex
Tour of proposed longleaf pine ecosystem conservation project in the South Carolina Longleaf Legacy / Santee River Basin
Sewee Visitor Center and Cape Romain NWR
5821 Highway 17 North
Awendaw, South Carolina
WHEN: 10:00am EST Local Conservation Stakeholder Roundtable at Sewee Visitor Center
11:00 a.m. EST Media Availability at Sewee Visitor Center
Credentialed members of the media who wish to attend this event are required to RSVP here for all portions of this visit no later than 5:00 PM EDT on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Additional logistical information will be provided to confirmed members of the media.