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).
Centennial Kempthorne and Director Bomar to Host Media Conference Call Tomorrow
WASHINGTON -Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne and National Park Service Director Mary A. Bomar will announce the 2009 National Park Service Centennial Challenge projects and programs during a media conference call at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, January 13.
Ten million dollars in Congressionally appropriated funds will be paired with $17 million raised by park partners in this second year of Centennial Challenge projects and programs. The projects and programs will enhance visitor facilities, expand educational programs, improve transportation systems, and advance scientific inventories in parks.
Parks in the following states will receive funding from the Centennial Challenge in 2009: Alaska, California, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, Pennsylvania and Wyoming.
Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne
National Park Service Director Mary A. Bomartd>
2009 Centennial Challenge projects and program announcement
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. EST
The dial in number is 800-369-1721 The passcode is 7690157
President Bush launched the Centennial Initiative in 2006 as a 10-year effort to prepare national parks for another century of conservation, preservation and enjoyment in time for the National Park Service's 100th anniversary in 2016. The initiative comprises two funding components - the Centennial Challenge and operational enhancement funding - and furthers goals in the areas of stewardship, environmental leadership, recreational experience, education and professional excellence.