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 Giacomini Wetlands Restoration Partners with Partners in Conservation Award
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today presented a Partners in Conservation Award to the Giacomini Wetlands Restoration partners for their work in the Tomales Bay and along the central California coast.
The award noted that the Giacomini Wetlands Restoration collaboration has restored as much as 12 percent of the outer coastal wetlands along the central California coast and more than 50 percent of the vegetated intertidal wetlands to Tomales Bay. Tomales Bay is bounded largely on the west by Point Reyes National Seashore administered by Interior's National Park Service.
Partners include the National Park Service, Point Reyes National Seashore Association, Tomales Bay Watershed Council and several engineering firms (see list at end).
The Giacomini award 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 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. “Restoration of these wetlands is vital to the conservation of diverse groups of fish and wildlife and improving water quality.” (More info can be found at http://www.nps.gov/pore/parkmgmt/planning_giacomini_wrp.htm.)
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.
“These 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.”
Those sharing the Giacomini Wetlands Restoration Project award include:
Hanford Applied Restoration and Conservation
Doug Hanford Kamman Hydrology and Engineering, Inc.
Rachel Kamman National Park Service
Ed Walls Point Reyes National Seashore Association
Dennis Rodoni Tomales Bay Watershed Council
Carlos Porrata Winzler & Kelly Consulting Engineers