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 Travel to Nevada to Promote Conservation and Water Initiatives
Office of the Secretary
LAS VEGAS, NV – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will travel to Nevada on Thursday, kicking off a two-day swing to underscore the Department's commitment to collaborative, landscape-level solutions to conservation and water issues.
On Thursday, December 12, the Secretary will deliver keynote remarks at the Western Governors' Association (WGA) Winter Meeting, highlighting her recent Secretarial Order establishing a Department-wide mitigation strategy to encourage balanced development and landscape-level planning on federal public lands. The Order seeks to ensure consistency and efficiency in the review and permitting of new energy and other infrastructure development projects, while also providing for the conservation, adaptation, and restoration of our nation's valuable and natural and cultural resources. A press conference with WGA members will follow her remarks.
On Friday, December 13, Secretary Jewell will deliver keynote remarks at the 2013 Colorado River Water Users Association's (CRWUA) Annual Conference, highlighting Interior's vital role across the Colorado River Basin. Her remarks will underscore the Department's commitment to supporting the efforts of the Basin States, Tribes, and other stakeholders to improve water management and operations of the Colorado River system during a period of historic drought in the basin. Scientific research, development of innovative conservation programs, and incentive grants through Interior's WaterSMART program are some of the unique ways the federal government can help support local initiatives. Jewell will hold a brief media availability immediately following her remarks.
WHO: Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
Keynote Remarks at the Western Governors' Association Winter Meeting
The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
3752 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89158
Thursday, December 12, 2013
9:45 a.m. PST – Media Check-In
10:10 a.m. PST – Keynote Remarks
11:45 a.m. PST – Closing WGA Press Conference
The remarks are open to pre-credentialed members of the media. To register on-site, please visit the Oriental Ballroom Foyer between 8:00 a.m. PST – 5:00 p.m. PST on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.
WHO: Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Keynote Remarks at the 2013 Colorado River Water Users Association's Annual Conference
3570 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Friday, December 13, 2013
9:15 a.m. PST – Media Check-In
9:30 a.m. PST – Remarks, followed by a brief media availability with Interior Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Anne Castle and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Mike Connor
The remarks and press conference are open to pre-credentialed members of the media. To register, please contact Crystal Thompson at 602-321-9349 or visit the on-site CRWUA registration table.