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).
Interior Extends Deadline for Nominations to Committee on U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
Policy Management and Budget
WASHINGTON – In response to several requests, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that the department is extending the deadline by 30 days to receive nominations for membership on a national committee to guide and oversee U.S. implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI). This initiative is a voluntary, global effort designed to increase transparency, strengthen the accountability of natural resource revenues, and build public trust for the governance of these vital activities.
The committee is being convened under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Members will include non-federal representatives from the extractive industry and the public, and may ultimately include representatives from state, local and/or Tribal governments.
The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative commits participating countries to disclose to an independent reconciler certain revenues obtained for oil, gas and mining development. It also commits companies to make parallel disclosures regarding payments to the government. The reconciled figures are then made public. The design of each nation's EITI framework is country-specific and developed jointly by a Multi-Stakeholder Group comprised of members of the public, government and industry through a multi-year, consensus-based process. The Committee will serve as the initial Multi-Stakeholder Group for USEITI implementation.
Nominations for membership on the committee must now be received by September 26, 2012. (If you have already submitted your nomination materials, you will not need to resubmit.) Nominations should be made by the following methods:
Mail or hand-carry nominations to Ms. Shirley Conway; Department of the Interior; Office of Natural Resources Revenue; 1801 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 400; Washington, DC 20006.