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).
Statement from Ken Salazar on the Passing of Richard Estrada Chavez
Office of the Secretary
WASHINGTON —Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today made the following statement regarding the passing of Richard Estrada Chavez yesterday:
“I have been privileged to work with Richard Estrada Chavez to ensure that the story of the farm labor and civil rights movement that started in California's Central Valley is celebrated and shared for generations to come. It was an especially meaningful day to stand alongside Richard in February as we dedicated the ‘Forty Acres' site as a National Historic Landmark.
“Richard served an integral role alongside his brother in the struggle for the rights of farm workers which dramatically improved the lives of millions of migrant workers.
“I am saddened to learn of his passing, but I know his legacy will empower and inspire Latinos and other Americans for generations to come.”