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).
Readout of Secretary Salazar and BLM Director Abbey's Visit to Fire Incident Command Post in Arizona
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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.