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).
AMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS: Salazar, Vilsack Announce Members of Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the appointments of 18 members of the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council, an advisory group they established in 2010 to advise them on wildlife conservation, habitat conservation, and hunting.
“During its inaugural term, members of the Council provided important recommendations on conserving wildlife habitat and water resources that are so important to America's hunting and angling heritage, as well as enhancing access to the great outdoors,” said Salazar. “I am confident that today's appointments will provide a strong voice to the nation's conservation and sportsmen communities and ensure that the next generation enjoys a thriving wildlife heritage.”
“America's rural communities and rural economies depend on healthy soil, water and air and America's hunters and anglers – our nation's first conservationists – have long fought to conserve those precious resources,” said Vilsack. “These appointees are uniquely qualified to advise us on the full range of issues addressed by the Council while reflecting the true conservation spirit of our nation's outdoor traditions.”
The secretaries announced the appointment of the following individuals to serve on the council for a three-year term:
Robert Fithian (Alaska Professional Hunters Association, Inc.)
Jonathan Gassett (Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources)
Thomas Franklin (Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership)
Winifred Kessler (The Wildlife Society)
Robert Manes (The Nature Conservancy)
Frederick Maulson (Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission)
Tommy Millner (Cabela's)
Robert Model (Boone and Crockett Club)
Joanna Prukop (former New Mexico Secretary of Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources)
Stephen Sanetti (National Shooting Sports Foundation)
Larry Schweiger (National Wildlife Federation)
Christine Thomas (College of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin)
George Thornton (National Wild Turkey Federation)
John Tomke (Ducks Unlimited)
Howard Vincent (Pheasants Forever)
Steve Williams (Wildlife Management Institute)
The council is an official advisory group established under the Federal Advisory Committee Act that helps promote and preserve America's wildlife and hunting heritage for future generations. It provides advice about conservation endeavors that: benefit wildlife resources; encourage partnership among the public, the sporting conservation organizations, the states, Native American tribes, and the Federal Government; and benefit recreational hunting.
The six federal agencies playing a key role in supporting and maintaining America's outdoors heritage – the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and Farm Service Agency – and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, will also appoint organizational members to the council.