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).
Salazar Announces $90 Million for Nevada and Lake Tahoe Restoration and Improvement Projects
Office of the Secretary
WASHINGTON, DC -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that the Department will commit more than $89.8 million for a variety of restoration and improvement projects throughout Nevada and Lake Tahoe. The funding is a result of the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA) which uses proceeds from sales of federal land in Clark County, Nevada, to fund environmental restoration, conservation and public recreational projects throughout the state. The Department of the Interior has contributed more than $3 billion to key restoration projects throughout Nevada, including more than $350 million for Lake Tahoe Basin restoration in Nevada, since the Act's passage in 1998.
“Nevada's natural beauty and unique landscapes should be protected for future generations and I am pleased to commit nearly $90 million for important projects throughout the state,” Salazar said. “The Department of the Interior remains committed to working closely with our local, state and Federal partners to restore and enhance these specials areas for the benefit of all who live in and visit the state.”
“The BLM is committed to ensuring that the American people benefit from their public lands,” said Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey, who oversees the public land sales. “Through SNPLMA, the BLM contributes to the efforts to improve landscapes, restore wildlife habitat, protect vital water resources and other sensitive areas, and develop new recreational facilities in the magnificent State of Nevada.”
The funding is contained in Round 11 expenditures under the Act and includes more than $76.7 million for projects throughout Nevada in the following categories:
Parks, Trails & Natural Areas - $14,722,396
Capital Improvements - $9,647,508
Conservation Initiatives - $1,184,836
Environmentally Sensitive Land Acquisitions - $11,267,250
Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Wildfire Prevention - $3,949,800