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's Meeting on Western Oregon Forest Issues
Office of the Secretary
WASHINGTON, DC -- Today Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and other senior Interior Department officials met with representatives from Western Oregon to discuss management of forests in the Pacific Northwest.
The meeting included a review of two pilot projects that are to be carried out in the Bureau of Land Management's Medford and Roseburg Districts. The projects, to be undertaken with the input and leadership of Professors Norman Johnson and Jerry Franklin, seek to demonstrate a landscape level approach to forest ecosystem restoration through active management. Such an approach is intended to help the Bureau's efforts to restore more functional and sustainable ecological conditions in Federal forests; conserve old-growth forests and trees; recover threatened species; sustain local communities; and maintain a highly skilled workforce and milling infrastructure.
At today's meeting, the state and Departmental representatives renewed their commitment to a strong working partnership with open lines of communication in order to tackle the long-standing challenges.