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 Salazar Presents the Apache Trout Habitat Restoration Project with Partners in Conservation Award
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today presented a Partners in Conservation Award to the Apache Trout Habitat Restoration project for their work on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona.
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 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and White Mountain Apache Tribe's Wildlife and Outdoor Recreation Department have done a tremendous job protecting the Apache trout fish, a threatened species, and improving the health and vigor of the ponderosa pine, which is commercially important for the Apache Tribe.”
The Apache trout is found exclusively within the White Mountains of Arizona with more than 50 percent of that range located on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. The FWS and the tribe have collaborated to improve habitat using tree logs that were thinned from a ponderosa pine stand. Trees that were designated to be removed were limbed and bucked leaving a 10-foot butt log on the ground for use by the fisheries biologists. Approximately 300 logs were removed from the ponderosa pine stand and used in the Apache Trout restoration. Samples have already show Apache Trout using these log structures In addition, the health and vigor of a ponderosa pine stand was improved.
“These 26 awards recognize the dedicated efforts of 600 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.”
The participants in the Apache Trout Habitat Restoration Project include
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Ronald Miller U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Jeremy Voeltz White Mountain Apache Tribe Wildlife and Outdoor Recreation Department