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).
WASHINGTON, D.C.--“No matter where you are from, you can do anything if you believe in yourself,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar (in hat) told 81 D.C. youth working at summer jobs in national parks and at other Department of the Interior sites today. The Secretary hosted the group at a reception today on the Interior rooftop. The young people are working under stimulus funds as part of the D.C. Summer Youth Employment Program or the Youth Conservation Corps.
D.C Mayor Adrian Fenty issued a proclamation today congratulating the students and thanking Secretary Salazar, who in turn thanked President Obama for his pledge to help youth in the city. The Secretary said he hoped the summer experience would stimulate a love of the outdoors and inspire students to pursue conservation careers.