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).
PHOTO RELEASE: Secretary Salazar Promotes America's Great Outdoors
Office of the Secretary
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following President Obama's announcement of the America's Great Outdoors report on February 16th, 2011, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar hit the road on a three-state tour to highlight the importance of the 21st century conservation and recreation initiative. Later on this week, Secretary Salazar will continue the America's Great Outdoors conversation by marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with President Lincoln re-enactor “Fritz” Klein and participating in a discussion on the America's Great Outdoors initiative at the Center for American Progress. Specific details to follow.
Photos from his visits to New York, Florida, and California can be found here.