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).
Interior and Homeland Security Collaborate on Border Protection, Resource Conservation along US/Mexico Border
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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar with Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Superintendent Lee Baiza, touring border crossing in Lukeville, Ariz. Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar walks along border fence at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar discusses border security and conservation with Arizona Representative Raul Grijalva, (Dist. 7) at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar observes conservation conditions along the US/Mexico border at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar meets with Robert Eggle, father of Kris Eggle, a park ranger who was killed in the line of duty, while pursuing drug smugglers at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument on August 9, 2002. Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar met with Department of the Interior and Department of Homeland Security Border Patrol employees at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument on March 13, 2010 to discuss progress and cooperative efforts for homeland security projects in the area. Illegal cross-border impacts, including drug trafficking, have created significant law enforcement and environmental challenges there and on other Interior lands along the border. They have endangered the safety of staff and visitors, requiring restrictions on public access to many areas, damaging the habitat of threatened and endangered species and degrading lands with trash and illegal traffic.