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 on Meeting of Federal, State and Local Leaders on California's Bay-Delta Conservation Plan
Office of the Secretary
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes and other senior officials from the Interior Department and Commerce Departments today met with California Natural Resources Secretary Lester Snow, county officials and diverse California water interests about the proposed long-term Bay Delta Conservation Plan.
The meeting at the Department of the Interior's Stewart Udall Building in Washington, D.C., included representatives of urban and agricultural water districts, conservation groups, and fishermen.
“The status quo in the Bay Delta is unsustainable and unacceptable to everyone,” Secretary Salazar said. “We need to forge forward-thinking solutions that will improve the reliability of water deliveries and restore the Bay Delta ecosystem.”
“The Bay Delta Conservation Plan must be based on science and the input of all parties and the public,” said Deputy Secretary Hayes. “We appreciate the continuing work and dedication of the stakeholders who are moving this process forward and who are so committed to the future of California's economy, water supplies, and environment.”