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 NPS Employees with Partners in Conservation Award for "Making Friends" Guidebook
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today presented a Partners in Conservation Award to five employees in the National Park Service's offices in Omaha, Nebraska, and Harpers Ferry, West Virginia for their work in creating the “Making Friends” Guidebook. The handbook gives tips for creating, growing and managing one of the Friends Groups set up to help local national parks.
Rich Fedorchak of Harpers Ferry and four Omaha employees -- Mary Hanson, Roger Knowlton, Michael D. Pflaum and Marty Sterkel -- share one of 26 national awards to individuals and organizations presented at a ceremony at Interior headquarters in Washington, D.C.
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. “This valuable National Park Service publication aims to shed light on the fundamental aspects of creating a partnership and it can also be a guide for existing Friends Groups to increase their capabilities.”
Friends Groups are established to help support interpretive, educational, and scientific activities through fundraising, membership programs, and awareness building. The handbook includes organizational development tips, sample agreements, model case studies, checklists, and lists of contacts and resources to assist in the building of Friends Groups.