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).
Salazar Responds to Inspector General Report on Cape Wind EIS
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today sent a letter to Acting Inspector General Mary Kendall regarding an investigative report on the previous Administration's handling of the Cape Wind permit application process in 2008 and early 2009.
Although the Inspector General's report found that the final Cape Wind EIS was not the subject of improper political influence or otherwise deficient, Secretary Salazar is directing Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes to work with Interior Solicitor Hilary Tompkins to review the report and provide recommendations to him regarding those issues that are material to the Department's upcoming Cape Wind decision.
In addition, Secretary Salazar is directing Deputy Secretary Hayes and Assistant Secretary Wilma Lewis to consider how the report's findings might further strengthen the newly established framework for offshore renewable energy development, finalized in April 2009. Although the Cape Wind EIS was completed prior to and independently of the new framework, the new regulations will bring added clarity and certainty to the permitting of future offshore renewable energy projects.
To read Secretary Salazar's letter to Acting Inspector General Kendall, click here.