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 Joins Postmaster General Potter to Celebrate America's Great Outdoors
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New Book Celebrating America's National Parks Released
WASHINGTON – Marking the launch of the Obama Administration's America's Great Outdoors initiative as well as National Park Week, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar joined Postmaster General John Potter to release a new book celebrating the history of our national parks and featuring the postage stamps that have been issued over time to commemorate them.
The new book, The Grandest Things: Our National Parks in Words, Images, and Stamps, was produced by the U.S. Postal Service and the National Park Service.
Salazar said the new book underscored President Obama's Great Outdoors Initiative inaugurated earlier this month at the White House Conference on America's Great Outdoors. The president signed a Presidential Memorandum to promote and support innovative community-level efforts to conserve outdoor spaces and to reconnect Americans to the outdoors.
“I can think of no better way to help kick off the President's Great Outdoors Initiative and celebrate National Parks Week than to make available a book that combines two of America's great passions: our love of beautiful and historic places and our enthusiasm for telling our nation's story through our postage stamps,” Salazar said. “I hope that all Americans will be inspired to visit our parks and especially to take their children to see these wonderful places that lift our spirits and connect us to the natural world and our nation's history.”
"Through the stamp program, the Postal Service has always recognized the importance of our national parks," Potter said. "And in recent decades, we've recognized the need to treat our entire natural environment with the same measure of care and respect. We have an Office of Sustainability that is dedicated to this purpose. Two days from today, it will lead us in the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day."
The 116-page book tells the fascinating story of America's national parks through stamps and other memorabilia. It includes a visual tour of more than 75 parks and monuments. It also has a special stamp collecting section and comes with nine stamps with mounts, including the 8-cent 1972 Old Faithful/Yellowstone stamp. The book's retail price is $49.95.
Salazar and Potter also participated in the First Day of Issue ceremony for the Scenic American Landscapes post card set that features breathtaking sights from national parks.
Both the book and the postcards will be sold by national park bookstores and philatelic catalogs and websites..