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).
Photos: 68th Department of the Interior Honor Awards Convocation
Secretary Salazar and Deputy Secretary Hayes with Convocation Award Winners. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar speaking at the Department of the Interior Honor Awards Convocation. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Recipients of the Valor Award for the Grand Teton Rescue. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar and Deputy Secretary Hayes with the the U.S. Park Police & National Park Service Employees for the work with Occupy DC. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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Photos from the 68th Department of the Interior Honor Awards Convocation at which 44 awards were presented to Department of the Interior employees and volunteers selected for their service to the department and to the nation.