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 to Host National Ocean Council Workshop on Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning
Office of the Secretary
Workshop starting tomorrow called for in President's Ocean Policy
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On behalf of the National Ocean Council, which includes 27 federal agencies and offices, the Department of the Interior will host and organize the June 21-23 National Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Workshop at its Washington, D.C. headquarters.
Leading off a top panel of federal officials tomorrow, David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior, will discuss the vision and stewardship responsibilities of President Obama's National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts and the Great Lakes.
The first day of the Workshop will be a dedicated public and stakeholder session, at which pre-registered citizens will join the National Oceans Council (NOC) and Federal, state, tribal, and regional representatives to develop an understanding of the CMSP process, begin to build a community of future CMSP practitioners, and consider next steps for regional implementation. The session is open to media and will be live-streamed on the Interior website at www.doi.gov/live. The agenda and more information can be found at www.whitehouse.gov/oceans.
National Ocean Council
National Coastal and Marine Planning Workshop, June 21-23
When and Where:
Public Session, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., June 21, 2011, Yates Auditorium, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20240
Gathering public feedback through this workshop is a critical step toward implementing a National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, our Coasts, and the Great Lakes (National Ocean Policy), as established by Executive Order under President Obama.