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 to Celebrate Completion and Grand Opening of Tamiami Trail Bridge
Office of the Secretary
Major Milestone in Everglades Restoration; Means Restoration of Natural Water Flows to Everglades National Park
EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, FL – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy, Everglades National Park Superintendent Dan Kimball, Chairman of the Board of the South Florida National Parks Trust Neal McAliley, and other local officials to celebrate the completion and the grand opening of a one-mile bridge over the Tamiami Trail. The bridge is the largest construction project in the history of the National Park Service and the last structural component of the Modified Water Deliveries (MWD) project to restore natural water flows to the Everglades.
Following the ceremony, Salazar will hold a brief media availability and will lead ceremony participants in an inaugural crossing of the bridge. This will be the Secretary's 11th trip to Florida as part of the Administration's commitment to restoring the Everglades.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy Everglades National Park Superintendent Dan Kimball Chairman of the Board of the South Florida National Parks Trust Neal McAliley
Tamiami Trail One-Mile Bridge Opening Ceremony
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 @ 1:30 p.m. (EDT) Media must arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. (EDT) to gain access to the bridge
Tamiami Trail Everglades National Park, Florida Parking: L-30 Levee, South side of the Tamiami Trail / SW 8th Street, approximately one mile west of the Krome Avenue intersection Event: Western Bridge Approach
Credentialed members of the media are invited to cover the ceremony and the crossing of the bridge, but must arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. EDT to gain access to the bridge. Salazar and other dignitaries will be available for questions following the ceremony. Members of the media are encouraged to RSVP to Jessica Kershaw (firstname.lastname@example.org).