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, Strickland Encouraged by discussions with Governors Concerning Gray Wolves
Office of the Secretary
Lakewood, CO -- At a meeting today with the Governors from Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Tom Strickland discussed a path forward regarding the Northern Rocky Mountain gray wolf population.
“The successful recovery of the gray wolf is a stunning example of how the Endangered Species Act can work to keep imperiled animals from sliding into extinction,” said Secretary Salazar. “Today's meeting was very constructive and I appreciate that the Governors' share our goal to delist the species with a responsible approach guided by science.”
“There are many complexities involved in how we conduct the delisting,” said Assistant Secretary Strickland. “In today's meeting we discussed how we move forward to both delist the wolf and provide appropriate protection in the future.”
In April of 2009, Secretary Salazar affirmed the decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove gray wolves from the list of threatened and endangered species in the northern Rocky Mountain states of Idaho and Montana and parts of Washington, Oregon and Utah. Wolves will remain a protected species in Wyoming.
Recently a federal judge in both Wyoming and Montana ruled against the Department on the delisting and on related issues, and wolves currently remain listed under the Endangered Species Act in all three northern Rocky Mountain States.