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).
Salazar, Berry and Johnson Kick off Week of Federal Activities Honoring Veterans
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The United States Navy Band, headquartered at the Navy Yard, Washington D.C., performs at the kickoff event to honor veterans. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
The Military District of Washington Joint Services Color Guard does the Presentation of the Colors. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar gives opening remarks at the joint veterans day program hosted at the at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
“The unemployment rate for our men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan is appalling to the President and to me. We've only begun to move the needle," said OPM Director John Berry. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
Martha Johnson, General Services Adminstration Administrator delivers her remarks. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
Joseph Kennedy, Executive Director of OPM's Council on Veterans Employment Executive Director, delivered the keynote address. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
United States Park Police Lt. David Mulholland shares a success story of a veteran hire in his office. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
OPM's Roland Edwards share's a veteran success storie of Quewetta Fernando, a former Army Specialist. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
GSA's William F. Webster, Motor Vehicle and Card Services Manager, and Vietnam veteran, shares the success story of veteran hire Verlinda Blake. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
Veteran and GSA employee Verlinda Blake speaks about the transition from Air Force Master Sgt. to civil servant at the program honoring veterans. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry and GSA Administrator Martha Johnson today kicked off a week of events to honor veterans, praising their service and sacrifices to the nation. They also delivered a report on the Administration's initiatives to help returning veterans re-enter civilian life and find meaningful employment.