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 Secretary Salazar's Meeting with Governor Herbert
Office of the Secretary
Washington, DC - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today met with Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert today to discuss their ongoing work together and to follow up on their productive discussions and meeting in Utah in April.
Secretary Salazar and Governor Herbert spoke about the economic importance of Interior's commitment to facilitating the responsible development of wind, solar, and geothermal resources on public lands in Utah, including near Milford, Utah, where Secretary Salazar visited in April. They also discussed the importance of harnessing conventional energy resources in the right ways and in the right places.
Secretary Salazar and Governor Herbert also followed up on their discussions at the Governor's Balanced Resource Council Meeting in Salt Lake City in April, where the Secretary and the Governor talked about the America's Great Outdoors Agenda and consensus-driven strategies for protecting places that are important to communities in Utah. Secretary Salazar said he understands the economic importance of Utah's natural beauty to the state; outdoor recreation alone contributes an estimated $5.8 billion annually to Utah's economy and supports an estimated 65,000 jobs.
Secretary Salazar also said Interior is making swift progress on its investments in Utah through the Recovery Act, including a $50 million Recovery Act investment in the Central Utah Project Completion Act (CUPCA).
Secretary Salazar said he would to continue to work closely together with Governor Herbert on issues of importance to the State of Utah and the Nation.
For an analysis of the economic impact of Interior's programs and activities, click here.