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 Salazar, Congressman Farr to Celebrate Establishment of Pinnacles National Park
Office of the Secretary
Ceremony to Commemorate Legislation President Obama Signed to Elevate Monument to Become 59th National Park
PAICINES, CA – On Monday, February 11, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join U.S. Representative Sam Farr, California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird, National Park Service (NPS) Pacific West Regional Director Chris Lehnertz and other local officials to celebrate the establishment of Pinnacles National Park, which last month was elevated from a national monument to become the nation's 59th national park through legislation authored by Farr and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and signed by President Obama.
After touring the park, Salazar will highlight the economic importance of Pinnacles, which welcomed more than 343,000 visitors last year who spent an estimated $4.8 million and supported 48 jobs in the local economy.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar U.S. Representative Sam Farr California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird NPS Pacific West Regional Director Chris Lehnertz
Monday, February 11, 2013 2:30 p.m. PDT – press assembly deadline for tour (Assemble at Pinnacles Campground via East Entrance) 3:45 p.m. PDT – ceremony
Pinnacles National Park Pinnacles Campground (via East Entrance) Paicines, CA
Credentialed news media are invited to cover the tour and the ceremony. Members of the media attending the tour must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5:00 PM PDT on February 8, 2013, to secure space.