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 Join Senator Boxer for Salton Sea Tour
Will Visit National Wildlife Refuge, Discuss Ongoing Restoration Efforts in Imperial Valley
SALTON CITY, CA— On Friday, December 14, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer to tour the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge area, located in California's Imperial Valley. Secretary Salazar and Senator Boxer will also be joined by Congressman-elect Raul Ruiz, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Anne Castle, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor, other federal, state, local officials and stakeholders to discuss restoration efforts in the area and ongoing efforts to build a sustainable water future for the state and people of California.
The brief tour is open to press and will be followed by media availability.
Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Barbara Boxer, U.S. Senator
Raul Ruiz, U.S. Congressman-elect
Anne Castle, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at Interior
Michael Connor, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner
Mark Toy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District Commander
V. Manuel Perez, Assembly member
Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge Visit and Discussion