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).
National Park Service Director Jarvis and Administration Officials Conduct America's Great Outdoors Listening Session in Seattle
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SEATTLE, WA — National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis today joined senior officials from the US Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency to host a public listening session on how to conserve the natural landscape of the Pacific Northwest and encourage more people to enjoy the region's many outdoor recreational opportunities.
The listening session was one of a series the Obama Administration is conducting as part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative to develop a conservation agenda worthy of the 21st century and to reconnect Americans with the great outdoors.
“The Pacific Northwest is one of America's most beautiful areas and one of its great treasures,” Jarvis said. “If we are to conserve the beauty and health of this region and encourage more people to get outdoors and enjoy it, we must work in partnership with communities and local citizens who are already engaged in this important work. We want to hear their ideas and we want to support them in their efforts.”
Director Jarvis was joined by Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Administrator for Water Pete Silva and Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Jay Jensen from the US Department of Agriculture.
"From the Puget Sound to the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, the restoration projects underway here in the Pacific Northwest represent a shining example of the work that the American's Great Outdoors Initiative seeks to accomplish," said EPA Assistant Administrator Peter Silva. "Together, all levels of government must work with the community - those who know the land best - to continue these projects and additional efforts to preserve the Pacific Northwest and all of America so we will leave a cleaner, greener land for our children and grandchildren."
“Public and private conservation and natural resource stewardship are integral to the history, culture, and prosperity of the Pacific Northwest,” said USDA Deputy Under Secretary Jensen. “We look forward to hearing in greater detail the hard work happening in the area, because regional and local conservation history will be key as we chart a 21st century conservation agenda.”
President Obama inaugurated the America's Great Outdoors Initiative at a White House Conference held at the Department of the Interior in April. The conference brought together leaders from communities across the country that are working to protect their outdoor spaces and focused on developing and supporting innovative ideas for improving conservation and recreation at the local level.
Under the initiative, the Administration is reaching out to communities across the country to hear good ideas about conservation and to learn about the efforts that ordinary Americans are making to conserve our land, water and wildlife.