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).
Secretary Salazar Issues Inclusive Workplace Statement to Employees
Office of the Secretary
Diversity Plans Due September 30 under Implementation Strategy
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today issued an Inclusive Workplace Statement to all employees of the Department of the Interior and announced the appointment of John Burden as the department's new Chief Diversity Officer.
Salazar and Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget Rhea Suh also issued an Inclusive Workplace Strategy to leaders and managers making them accountable for implementing the strategy through action plans, directing that each bureau develop its own inclusivity and diversity implementation plan by September 30, 2010.
“This Inclusive Workplace Statement is a first for us. It means establishing a Department that ensures no one is shut out or left behind,” the Secretary told employees. “We are the Department of America. We represent the people of this country from Yosemite National Park and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Samoa and Guam, and the Virgin Islands. And as the Department of America, our ranks should reflect the face of the American public we serve,” he directed assistant secretaries and bureau directors.
Chief Diversity Officer, John Burden
Burden, who helped devise the new inclusivity strategy, previously served at Interior as principal advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Capital and Diversity and as deputy director of the Office of Civil Rights. Before that, he served as director of the Equal Employment Opportunity division at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“When we contemplate inclusion and diversity in the 21st Century, we should be talking about using multiple cultural backgrounds as competitive tools,” Assistant Secretary Suh said. “We need to recognize that differences of thought, background, education, marital status, experience, socio-economic status, occupation, language, and geographic location, in addition to other differences, contribute to employees' viewpoints. These varied perspectives are a key to creative thinking, problem solving, and decision-making. We must start seeing inclusivity as an advantage.”
“I am convinced that we have the necessary talent and leadership capability to make Interior an employer that engages people's differences as resources for creating higher performance and greater success,” Secretary Salazar emphasized.
“Supervisors and managers are expected to be role models who exhibit behaviors of inclusion, acceptance, and accountability. All employees are expected to adhere to our guiding principles of integrity, fairness, trust, ethical and legal behavior, and zero tolerance for discrimination,” the Secretary told employees. “Please join me in making the Department the best place to work in America.”