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's Statement on National Academy of Sciences Review of California Bay Delta Water Issues
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar released the following statement on the National Academy of Sciences' scientific review of key questions on California Bay Delta water issues:
“I would like to thank the National Academy of Sciences for its first report, released today, regarding key questions relating to the California Bay Delta.
“In November 2009 the Department of the Interior and the Department of Commerce asked for an independent scientific review evaluating the status of the California Bay Delta, specifically as to how to protect this precious, complicated and unique ecosystem while also providing a reliable water supply for Californians.
“I am very grateful that the Academy produced this report in record time. I appreciate the intensive and thorough work done by both the Academy and the panel of eminent scientists and scholars who volunteered their time on this complicated assignment. We are committed to having our policy decisions driven by the best science available to us. I am directing our team to review carefully the report we have just received and to determine how we might most effectively take advantage of the National Academy's hard work.
“We also look forward to assisting the Academy as it tackles its second report, which will address scientific questions relating to the full array of factors affecting the health of the Bay Delta and long term measures to restore the ecosystem.”