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 Findings of Interior's Assessment of Shell's 2012 Arctic Operations
Office of the Secretary
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, March 14, 2013, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will hold a 4:15 p.m. (Eastern Time) news media teleconference to discuss the findings of a Departmental review of Shell's 2012 Arctic operations.
Salazar will be joined by Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes, who chairs the Interagency Working Group on Coordination of Domestic Energy Development and Permitting in Alaska; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Tommy Beaudreau, who led the assessment; and James A. Watson, Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.
In January, Secretary Salazar directed the high-level review of Shell's 2012 offshore drilling program in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas – including the company's preparations for last year's drilling season and its maritime and emergency response operations – to identify challenges and lessons learned.Media can join the teleconference by dialing 1-888-455-9679 and providing the access code ARCTIC.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior
Tommy Beaudreau, Interior's Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management and Director of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
James A. Watson, Director of Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Media teleconference to discuss the findings of a Departmental review of Shell's 2012 Arctic operations
Thursday, March 14, 2013 @ 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time
Media can join the press teleconference by dialing 1-888-455-9679 and providing the access code ARCTIC.