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).
As part of the Secretary's effort to explore the Smokies, she joined local park officials for a two-mile hike on the Chimney Tops Trail to see the progress of the restoration work. Photo: DOI
At the top of the trail, Secretary Jewell and Acting Superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Pedro Ramos discussed trail improvement, volunteer work, and partnership with the Trails Forever Program. Photo: DOI
At a meeting with local stakeholders, Secretary Jewell and Senator Alexander unveiled construction plans of the Joint Curatorial Collections Facility that will house more than 800,000 historical artifacts and archival records.
Speaking before regional stakeholders and local leaders, Secretary Jewell praised the value of the park. “The Smokies are a gem. The families that gave up their land many years ago to make this park really gave a gift to all Americans,” said Jewell. Photo: DOI
In a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains, Secretary Jewell and Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee joined regional stakeholders, local leaders and park officials for a discussion on the importance of public-private partnerships in conserving and honoring our country's shared history for future generations. Secretary Jewell and Senator Alexander recognized important community efforts that have benefitted the Park, and underscored the importance of these types of collaborations in preserving America's cultural heritage.