Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.
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.
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
Secretary Salazar Announces Investment of $2.5 Million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funding for Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program Projects
WASHINGTON, DC –Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that the Bureau of Reclamation will invest $2.5 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program projects.
The projects are part of a multi-stakeholder, federal and non-federal, 50/50 cost-sharing partnership that balances the use of Colorado River water resources with the conservation of native species and their habitats in compliance with the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Adopted in 2005, this unique partnership is designed to provide 50 years of ESA coverage and will conserve 26 species along the lower Colorado River from Lake Mead to Mexico.
With the ARRA funding, eight projects will support ESA compliance for Reclamation's operation and maintenance activities on the lower Colorado River and establish more than 8,100 acres of riparian, marsh and backwater habitat and provide the capacity for growing more than 1.2 million endangered fish to the target size for introduction to the river system's existing population.
“Protecting the environment while ensuring greater reliability of water is an important challenge we must confront. The MSCP is about the environment – about protecting endangered species, as well as preventing the need to list additional species,” Salazar said. “These projects will help us meet that challenge, while providing greater certainty of continued water and power supplies for the people of the Southwest.”
ARRA Funded LCR MSCP projects located in Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico will include:
$ 518,000 – avian habitat creation and restoration
$1,675,000 – native fish and endangered species habitat improvement
$ 300,000 – fish hatchery improvements
The purposes of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are, among others, to quickly and prudently commence activities that preserve and create jobs and to promote economic recovery, and to invest in infrastructure providing long-term economic benefits. Recovery Act funding must be obligated by Sept. 30, 2010.
Secretary Salazar has pledged unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability in the implementation of the Department of the Interior's economic recovery projects. The public will be able to follow the progress of each project on www.recovery.gov and on www.interior.gov/recovery. Secretary Salazar has appointed a Senior Advisor for Economic Recovery, Chris Henderson, and an Interior Economic Recovery Task Force. Henderson and the Task Force will work closely with the Department of the Interior's Inspector General to ensure that the recovery program is meeting the high standards for accountability, responsibility and transparency that President Obama has set.