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 Meets With Families of Flight 93 Heroes
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today marked the upcoming eighth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by meeting with families of the heroes who died on Flight 93, preventing an attack on Washington.
The meeting occurred just days after Salazar announced that the federal government has reached agreement with all of the landowners for all properties needed for the construction of the Flight 93 Memorial.
“As we look forward to beginning the construction of the memorial to these heroic men and women, I want to once again express my sympathy to these families who have suffered the loss of their loved ones and the gratitude of the nation for their heroism, which no doubt saved the lives of many people that terrible day,” Salazar said.
Later in the day, Salazar joined Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in dedicating a plaque honoring the passengers and crewmembers of Flight 93 at the US Capitol Visitor Center.
“It is especially appropriate that this plaque be located at the Capitol since it is believed that the terrorists on Flight 93 may have intended to use the aircraft to attack the Capitol,” Salazar said. “The heroes of Flight 93 prevented that.”
Salazar said he was pleased that construction on the memorial in Shanksville will begin later this fall.
“I am so pleased that we have reached a point where we can build the memorial thanks to the tireless work of the park service, its partners, with the community and with the nation in getting us to this point. I look forward to joining with you as we break ground this fall,” he said.