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).
America's Great Outdoors: Secretary Salazar Addresses National Bike Summit
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Secretary Salazar addresses the National Bike Summit. DOI Photo by Tami A. Heilemann
Secretary Salazar delivered the keynote addresses at the 2011 National Bike Summit. DOI Photo by Tami A. Heilemann
Secretary Salazar stands with Mike Van Abel, Executive Director of the International Mountain Bicycling Association. DOI Photo by Tami A. Heilemann
Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists, with Secretary Salazar. DOI Photo by Tami A. Heilemann
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar addresses the 2011 Bike Summit. DOI Photo by Tami A. Heilemann
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar delivered the keynote at the 2011 National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. Hosted by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) with support from the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), the annual four-day summit attracts more than 800 cyclists who come together to promote bicycle-friendly legislation.
This year's theme, “Acting on a Simple Solution,” emphasizes the importance of reconnecting Americans to the great outdoors by improving access to our public lands, a key objective in President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative.