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 Honors Interior Law Enforcement Officers at Wreath Laying Ceremony
WASHINGTON, DC– Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar led a wreath-laying ceremony today at the headquarters of the U.S. Department of the Interior to honor 134 Department of the Interior law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty since the department's founding in 1849.
“Today, we are thankful that it is has been more than three and half years since a Department of the Interior law enforcement office has been killed in the line of duty,” Secretary Salazar said. “I attribute this to the dedication, training and discipline that our officers demonstrate when they put on their uniform each day.”
Present at the ceremony were family members of Kris Eggle, a National Park Service ranger killed in the line of duty at age 28 on August 9, 2002 at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Kris's father, Bob Eggle, has worked to promote officer safety and calling attention to border violence issues.
Those on the remembrance list began with Captain Chin Chi Kee, the first Department of the Interior law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty. He was shot and killed while apprehending whiskey smugglers in 1852.
The Secretary also honored law enforcement officers from other departments and agencies who gave up their lives on our nation's public lands in the past year.
“As we honor those officers lost, we also honor the 3,321 full-time Department law-enforcement officers nationwide and the 2,000 tribal law enforcement officers. You are all heroes,” said Secretary Salazar.
The Department has more than 3,000 sworn law enforcement officers who protect the public and Interior employees as part of the National Park Service, U.S. Park Police, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Reclamation. The ceremony of remembrance is held each year in Washington, D.C. during National Police Week.