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).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of the Administration's ongoing commitment to Alaska, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell is scheduled to make a multi-day visit to the state later this week. This will be Secretary Jewell's first visit to Alaska in her official capacity; she has been to the state more than a dozen times serving in previous roles, including as an oil and gas engineer, commercial banker and outdoor recreation business leader.
“Alaska is a unique and special place, and I look forward to meeting with local leaders and partners and spending some time visiting the incredible resources that the state is so blessed to have,” said Jewell. “These conversations are critical as we continue to chart a course for thoughtful and wise management of these natural and energy resources – using the best available science and integrating cultural, environmental and economic factors in decision-making about development and conservation.”
On Friday, August 30, Jewell, along with Senator Lisa Murkowski, will attend public meetings in the communities of King Cove and Cold Bay to inform a pending decision concerning the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge Land Exchange/Road Corridor as directed under the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. Jewell will also spend time visiting the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, a 315,000 acre refuge and wilderness area located near the tip of the Alaska Peninsula.
Over the weekend, Jewell will travel with Senator Mark Begich to the North Slope and the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska where they will discuss issues regarding resource development and public lands management with local and elected leaders and stakeholders.
Jewell will also spend a night in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which was established in 1960 to preserve unique wildlife, wilderness and recreational values of the region's vast and wild landscapes.
On Tuesday, September 3, Jewell will hold a media availability in Anchorage to summarize the trip. Additional details will be provided in the coming days.