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 Enters YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter Age
Office of the Secretary
WASHINGTON, DC — In a continuing effort to improve transparency and openness at the Department of the Interior, Secretary Salazar announced that he is launching four new web tools that will help Americans connect with the nation's heritage, natural resources, and cultures.
The public will now be able to follow the work of the Department of the Interior and its agencies on YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter. Secretary Salazar has also begun sending emails directly to all of the Department's 67,000 employees with updates on important initiatives and has opened a suggestion box to which Interior employees can submit ideas and feedback to the Secretary and senior management.
“For years, the Department has trailed far behind other federal agencies in the world of technology,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. “Now, with the New Media tools at our disposal, we can not only improve transparency at the Department of the Interior, but better share with the American public information about the natural, cultural, and historic resources of which we are stewards. I am also pleased that at long last I am able to send e-mail messages directly to employees and hear back from them through our new suggestion box. This is an exciting new era of New Media at the Department of the Interior.”
The following list shows what the Department will be launching.
Ken Salazar has joined his counterparts Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on Facebook. The Secretary's Facebook page can be found at http://Facebook.com/SecretarySalazar.
The Department of the Interior launched a Flickr page at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/USInterior. Currently, DOI is using Flickr to post photos from the Secretary's events and active travel schedule. Future plans include posting historic photos from across the Department using Flickr Commons to provide greater access to our vast collections of historic and scientific photos.
The latest news, updates and happenings at the Department of Interior will now be accessible via Twitter. (http://www.Twitter.com/USInteriorNews). Several other bureaus with Interior have also launched active Twitter accounts including the National Park Service (http://twitter.com/NatlParkService) and the U.S. Geological Survey (http://twitter.com/USGS). The U.S. Geological Survey is also using Recovery Funds to fund a graduate student project that will track responses to earthquakes via Twitter. In this exploratory effort, the USGS is developing a system that gathers real-time, earthquake-related messages from the social networking site Twitter and applies place, time, and quantity data to provide geo-located earthquake detection within 60 seconds of an event's origin time. This approach also provides a central directory of short first-impression narratives and, potentially, photos from people at the hazard's location. You can follow the project on Twitter at http://twitter.com/USGSted