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).
Interior Deputy Secretary David Hayes to Hold Utah Listening Session in Oil and Gas Lease Review
ON TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2009, Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes, Bureau of Land Management Acting Director Mike Pool, and National Park Service Acting Director Dan Wenk will hold a listening session in Vernal, Utah, to gather community input for a review of 77 parcels that the Department of the Interior withdrew from the December 19, 2008 oil and gas lease sale on lands covered by the Bureau of Land Management's Vernal, Moab and Price Resource Management Plans.
Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes, BLM Acting Director Mike Pool, NPS Acting Director Dan Wenk
Community Listening Session to Gather Input for Review of 77 Oil and Gas Lease Parcels
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Mountain Daylight Time, Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Western Park Museum, 302 East 200 South, Vernal, Utah.
Megan Crandall, BLM Utah State Office, (801) 539-4061