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).
The Department of the Interior has unveiled its new Web site design at www.doi.gov with an emphasis on increased openness and accessibility as well as new visual and interactive dynamics.
“Our department's new Web site will help us better share Interior's remarkable story with the American people,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said. “It offers new and exciting ways for Americans to discover how the work we do touches the land, water and people in every corner of our country.”
“Our new Web site has a cleaner look, room for more video and photos and interactive elements, better organization and an increased focus on openness with you, the American public,” said Director of Communications Betsy Hildebrandt. “New Media Director Katelyn Sabochik and her team have worked with the departmental Information Technology team to set a new standard for government Web sites.”
Navigation has improved on the Web site, Sabochik noted. The accordion menus on the left keep information just a click or two away, sorted to help people find what they need faster. The drop-down menus above sort the site by organizational structure and mission.
“The site should be more accessible than ever,” Sabochik emphasized. “Each page has controls for adjusting text size, our new videos have closed captions and our audio segments come with transcripts.”
The new DOI.gov has a sense of expansiveness—it takes up more room on the screen than the old site to make use of the increased resolution of modern computer displays. That leaves more room for pictures, video and future interactive elements, as well as text.
The site continues to provide news and links related not only to the Secretary's office and departmental offices but also to other government Web sites--including those of Interior's bureaus and offices—the Bureau of Indians Affairs; National Park Service; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Bureau of Land Management; Bureau of Reclamation; Minerals Management Service; Office of Surface Mining; and others.
The mission of the U.S. Department of the Interior is to protect America's natural resources and heritage, honor our cultures and tribal communities, and supply the energy to power our future.