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).
Secretary Jewell Leads U.S. Delegation at Pacific Islands Forum Dialogue
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Secretary Jewell greets Dan Larson of the State Department and members of the U.S. Delegation, as she arrives in Majuro for the Pacific Islands Forum Post-Forum Dialogue. Photo Credit: Lois Shelden
Secretary Jewel, along with U.S. Ambassador Thomas Armbruster, greets a member of the security team as she arrives at the Pacific Islands Forum Post-Forum Dialogue in Majuro. Photo Credit: Lois Shelden
Secretary Jewell, U.K. Minister of State Hugo Swire, and U.S. Ambassador Armbruster speak with participants during the Post-Forum Dialogue before beginning the full session. Photo Credit: Lois Shelden
Secretary Jewell listens to remarks given by the delegate from the People's Republic of China during the Post-Forum Dialogue. Photo Credit: Lois Shelden
After participating in the Post-Forum Dialogue, Secretary Jewell and members of the U.S. delegation attended bilateral meetings with some of our closest partners in the Pacific. Photo Credit: Lois Shelden
Secretary Jewell attends a bilateral meeting with President Remengesau of Palau. Photo Credit: Lois Shelden
Secretary Jewell meets with President Mori of the Federated States of Micronesia. Photo Credit: Lois Shelden
Secretary Jewell speaks with Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand after attending bilateral meetings with our Pacific partners. Photo Credit: Lois Shelden
Secretary Jewell and Ambassador Armbruster attends a meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister Shih of Taiwan. Photo Credit: Lois Shelden
Secretary Jewell presents a gift to the host of the Pacific Islands Forum meetings, President Loeak of the Republic of the Marshall islands. Photo Credit: Lois Shelden
After attending a series of meetings, Secretary Jewell visited Rongelea Atoll moi fish farm, the prototype of an aquaculture project, funded in part by the Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Areas. Photo Credit: Lois Shelden
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell led the U.S. government delegation to the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Post Forum Dialogue on September 6 in Majuro, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, highlighting and building upon our historic relations with the peoples and nations of the Pacific.