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).
AMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS: Best Beaches Belong to all Americans, Generate Billions for Local Economies
Photos for “National Oceans Month” Available
WASHINGTON, DC— Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today observed World Oceans Day and National Oceans Month by showcasing some of the economic benefits from the beaches in our national parks, seashores, lakeshores and wildlife refuges – beaches that belong to all Americans.
“From coast to coast, our national beaches generate billions in economic activity and support tens of thousands of jobs through outdoor recreation and tourism,” said Salazar. “America's oceans and beaches are national treasures, and Interior is committed to helping implement President Obama's National Ocean Policy to help ensure that these vital resources are healthy and resilient.”
The Department of the Interior manages more than 35,000 miles of coastline, including 85 marine and coastal parks administered by the National Park Service;180 marine and coastal wildlife refuges administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and 1,100 miles of coastline of the California Coastal National Monument administered by the Bureau of Land Management.
Coastal and marine national parklands contributed an estimated $3.5 billion to local economies in 2010. For more information on the economic contributions of all national parks, see the entire National Park Service report, which includes information on visitor spending by park and by state, online http://nature.nps.gov/socialscience/docs/NPSSystemEstimates2010.pdf.
Coastal wildlife refuges were estimated to contribute at least $900 million according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service data. Bureau of Land Management lands like the California Coastal National Monument provided additional boosts to tourism and local economies.