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 Visit Oregon to Announce Initiatives to Create Jobs through Conservation, Expedited Infrastructure Permitting
Office of the Secretary
Will Announce Competitive Grants for Youth Hiring; Sign Agreement with Oregon & Washington on Infrastructure
PORTLAND, OR – Sally Jewell will make her first trip to the West Coast as Secretary of the Interior with a visit to Portland, Oregon, this Thursday and Friday. Secretary Jewell will make an announcement regarding efforts to create youth employment opportunities and will sign an agreement with the states of Oregon and Washington to expedite the review and approval of major infrastructure projects.
On Thursday, May 23, in response to President Obama's call to expand opportunities for youth employment, Jewell and Portland Mayor Charlie Hales will announce 22 conservation projects across the country that have been awarded funding through an innovative public-private partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) that will create youth employment opportunities. During the visit, Jewell and Hales will join members of the Northwest Youth Corps on a service project in an urban park in Portland.
On Friday, May 24, as part of President Obama's initiative to make America a magnet for jobs by building a 21st Century infrastructure, Jewell will join Governor John Kitzhaber and Director of the Center for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance Jesus Sanchez (representing Washington Governor Jay Inslee) to sign an agreement to expedite the review and permitting of energy generation, power transmission and other vital infrastructure projects in the Pacific Northwest.
On Friday, Jewell will also provide keynote remarks at the 76th annual Ducks Unlimited convention in Portland.
EVENT #1 – YOUTH HIRING ANNOUNCEMENT
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales
NFWF Executive Director and CEO Jeff Trandahl
Wells Fargo Oregon Regional President Don Pearson
NW Youth Corps Executive Director Jeff Parker
NW Youth Corps Members
Youth Hiring Announcement
Thursday, May 23, 2013, at 2:00 PM PDT
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
SE 7th Avenue & Sellwood Blvd
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