Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.
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.
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
Secretary Salazar Presents Milford Flat Fire Restoration Project in Utah with Partners in Conservation Award
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today presented a Partners in Conservation Award to the Milford Flat Fire Restoration Project for their work to improve watersheds following the largest fire in Utah history two years ago.
It was one of 26 national awards to individuals and organizations presented at a ceremony at Interior headquarters in Washington, D.C. to honor “those who achieve natural resource goals in collaboration and partnership with others.”
The 26 Partners in Conservation Awards recognize conservation achievements resulting from the cooperation and participation of a total of 600 individuals and organizations including landowners; citizens' groups; private sector and nongovernmental organizations; and federal, state, local, and/or tribal governments.
“The Partners in Conservation Awards demonstrate that our greatest conservation legacies often emerge when stakeholders, agencies, and citizens from a wide range of backgrounds come together to address shared challenges,” the Secretary said. “The Bureau of Land Management recently took on the largest rehabilitation and restoration project in its history after a wildfire burned more than 363,000 acres on BLM, state, private and Bureau of Indian Affairs lands. The project was extremely successful because of the support and contributions of all the partners involved.”
After conducting post-fire assessments of the burned areas, land managing agencies saw the need to conduct stabilization, rehabilitation and restoration effort on 202,000 acres, which equals more than 300 square miles. From October 2007 to spring 2008, the partners treated burned areas with more than 1.8 million pounds of seeds, surveyed and treated noxious weed infestations, replaced 74 miles of burned fencing, constructed 78 new miles of fence and developed 315 sediment basins
“These 26 awards recognize the dedicated efforts of people from all walks of life, from across our nation– and from across our borders with Canada and Mexico,” Salazar noted. “They celebrate partnerships that conserve and restore our nation's treasured landscapes and watersheds, partnerships that engage Native American communities, and partnerships that engage youth.”
This award was shared by:
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Paul Schlafly Bureau of Land Management
Curtis Warrick Natural Resources Conservation Service
Ron Davidson Utah Department of Agriculture
William J. Hopkin
Tom Tippets Utah Department of Natural Resources
Rory Reynolds Utah Department of Transportation
Jim McConnell Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Jason Vernon Utah Governor's Office
Brian Cottam Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration
Ronald G. Torgerson
Sheril Torgersen Utah State Historic Preservation Office