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 Discuss Economic Importance of Conservation and Tourism, Celebrate New National Refuge Units
Also Will Keynote Everglades Coalition Conference
PELICAN ISLAND, FL. – On Friday, January 11, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will travel to Florida to celebrate the establishment of six new national wildlife refuge units across the country during the past year and the renaming of a seventh in honor of a late U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director by laying commemorative planks on a walkway at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Salazar will also discuss the economic importance of tourism and conservation with the Miami Chamber of Commerce and give the keynote address at the Everglades Coalition annual conference.
The six new refuge units to be honored are: Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in Albuquerque, NM; Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area near Mora, N.M., Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois; Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area in Colorado; Swan Valley Conservation Area in Montana; and Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.
Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, located just south of Starkville, Mississippi, was renamed the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee Wildlife Refuge to memorialize the Service's former director.
EVENT #1: Tourism and Conservation Discussion with the Miami Chamber of Commerce
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Miami Chamber of Commerce Members
Friday, January 11, 2013
8:30 a.m. EDT
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
1601 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132
EVENT #2: Plank Laying Ceremony to Celebrate New National Wildlife Refuge Units
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Charlie Pelizza, Refuge Manager, Pelican Island NWR
New refuge unit representatives and stakeholders
Friday, January 11, 2013
12:00 p.m. EDT
Pelican Island NWR
Centennial Trail Boardwalk
Vero Beach, FL
Media are invited to join the ceremony by dialing 1-888-968 4347 and providing the access code INTERIOR. (listen-only)
EVENT #3: Keynote Address at the 28th Annual Everglades Coalition Conference