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).
National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis speaks at the 2012 DOI Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Law enforcement officers applaud at the 2012 DOI Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Law enforcement officers give thanks to the 4,000 law enforcement officers who serve in the Department in a wreath laying ceremony. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Bagpiper plays to memorialize fallen law enforcement officers. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
On Monday, May 14, 2012, the Department will host a law enforcement officer memorial ceremony in Yates Auditorium at the Stuart Udall Department of the Interior Building. The ceremony is a time to give thanks to the 4,000 law enforcement officers who serve in the Department of the Interior and to pay special tribute to the 139 DOI officers that have died in the line of duty since the Department's founding in 1849.