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 Statement on Supreme Court's Decision Not to Hear Oil Royalties Case
WASHINGTON, DC - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision today not to hear Department of the Interior v. Kerr-McGee Oil and Gas Corp:
“The oil and gas leases in question are leases that were issued between 1996 and 2000. The Department under the Clinton and Bush Administrations took the position that once the price of oil and gas reaches a certain level oil and gas royalties should be collected under these deep water oil and gas. In my view, they were correct".
“We will work with all involved in the days ahead to determine the best way forward.”