Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.
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.
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
Readout of Secretary Salazar and BLM Director Abbey's Visit to Fire Incident Command Post in Arizona
Salazar Receives Briefing and Thanks Firefighters and Volunteers
SPRINGERVILLE, AZ – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today spent time with the men and women battling the wildfires in Arizona.
Secretary Salazar attended the morning Cooperators Briefing with Incident Commander Norm Walker, Apache Chief Deputy Police Mike Hogan, Area Commander Jim Loach of the National Park Service, and local tribal leaders where he received an update on the efforts to contain the fires and the work by federal partners on the ground – including DOI, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Weather Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – to support state and local responders.
Along with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey and US Geological Survey Director Marcia McNutt, Secretary Salazar then toured the Fire Incident Command Post in Springerville where they are coordinating activities to fight the Wallow Fire. Secretary Salazar spent time with the volunteers and fire fighters there and emphasized that the key priority is for safety, both for the wildland fire fighters and the public.
The Department of the Interior plays a key role in the federal government's wildland firefighting organization. Over 3,400 personnel from Interior are currently supporting fire suppression efforts nationwide with 980 personnel responding to the Wallow fire.
Earlier this year, Secretary Salazar visited the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho, to discuss the 2011 fire season and the Department's ongoing commitment to developing a cohesive national strategy to better address the mounting risks of wildfire around the nation.