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's Town Hall Explores Ways to Commemorate Women's History, Contributions to America
BALTIMORE – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today hosted a town hall discussion at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center as part of Interior's ongoing efforts to capture and tell a more inclusive story of America.
Attended by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, First Lady of Maryland Judge Katie O'Malley, Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks Rachel Jacobson, and more than 60 leaders in the women's history and heritage movement, the town hall focused on efforts to preserve and highlight the many contributions of women throughout American history.
“Interior has the unique responsibility and privilege to ensure that America's full story is told to current and future generations. This means celebrating the contributions of women throughout America's history - not just in our textbooks, but through the places that belong to all of us, like our national parks and landmarks,” said Salazar. “America's story is work in progress, and I look forward to working with the National Park Service and our partners across the country to paint a much fuller picture of the people and events that make up our national heritage.”
Interior's National Park Service – through its parks, national historic landmarks, and educational programs – plays an integral role in telling America's story. At present, however, less than 8 percent of the National Park System is estimated to be dedicated to women or women's achievements.
The Northeast Region of the National Park Service has a successful working partnership with the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites to help interpret women's history in that region of the country. Secretary Salazar today announced that Interior is working to expand and build this into a national agreement.
Additionally, the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2009, included the “National Women's Rights History Project Act.” The bill authorizes the National Park Service to conduct a study of women's suffrage and women's rights historic sites across the country, and Interior is taking steps to launch the theme study.
There are 12 units of the National Park System that focus primarily on women, including the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca in New York; the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site in Richmond; the Lowell National Historical Park in Massachusetts; the Clara Barton National Historic Site in Washington, D.C.; and the Rosie the Riveter World War II Homefront National Historic Park in California.