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, Director Jarvis to Discuss Economic Impacts of National Parks
WASHINGTON – On Monday, February 25, 2013, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis will hold a news media teleconference to unveil the annual report on the significant economic contributions of national parks to local, regional and state economies; their importance to the tourism industry, community businesses and park vendors; and the expected impact of budget cuts under a March 1 sequestration.
The National Park Service operates 398 national parks, historic sites, monuments and memorials, parkways, trails, preserves and reserves, seashores and lakeshores, recreation areas and national battlefields across the country.
Media can join the 2:00 pm EST teleconference by dialing 1-800-857-9719 and providing the access code NATIONAL PARKS.
WHO: Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis
WHEN: Monday, February 25, 2013 @ 2pm EST
MEDIA: Media can join the press teleconference by dialing 1-800-857-9719 and providing the