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 Sally Jewell Holds Lease Signing Ceremony for Wind Energy Area Offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts
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Secretary Sally Jewell speaks with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski before the signing ceremony. Photo Credit: Tami Heilemann
Tommy Beaudreau, Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), welcomes guests to the ceremony, and introduces Jeff Grybowski, Senator Whitehouse and Secretary Jewell. Photo Credit: Tami Heilemann
Senator Whitehouse gives remarks at the signing ceremony. Photo Credit: Tami Heilemann
Secretary Jewell at the signing ceremony, accompanied by Jeff Grybowski and Senator Whitehouse. Photo Credit: Tami Heilemann
Secretary Jewell, Director Beaudreau, Senator Whitehouse, Jeff Grybowski and the team from BOEM pose for a photograph after the ceremony. Photo Credit: Tami Heilemann
To commemorate the country's first-ever competitive lease sale for renewable energy in federal waters, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today held a lease signing ceremony for the Wind Energy Area offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Guests included U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy Beaudreau, and staff from BOEM's Offices of Renewable Energy Programs and Strategic Resources.