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).
Strickland Applauds Vote by Florida Board of Trustees To Transfer Land within Big Cypress National Preserve
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WASHINGTON -- Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Tom Strickland praised the State of Florida's Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund vote to transfer approximately 29,000 acres of state-owned land within the Big Cypress National Preserve to the National Park Service.
“I commend the Board of Trustees for honoring its long-standing commitment to transfer these lands to the Park Service,” Strickland said. “It is another sign of the strong partnership between the Department of the Interior and the state in conserving and managing the natural resources of South Florida.”
"The state's action is welcomed as it largely fulfills the commitment by several Florida governors as well as the intent of past and current senators and congressmen representing the people of Florida" said Big Cypress National Preserve Superintendent Pedro Ramos. "Our partnership with the State of Florida is strong and we are fully committed to working with agencies such as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Department of Forestry as we continue to be good stewards of the land together and into the future.”
Big Cypress National Preserve was created by an act of Congress in 1974 and in full partnership with and through significant land contributions from the State of Florida. These are not the only lands pending transfer from the State of Florida. There are over 10,000 acres of School Board lands remaining to be transferred and the NPS will continue working with the State of Florida towards that end.
The National Park Service recently released the final General Management Plan for the Addition Lands within Big Cypress. The state's action opens the door for the service to move forward with the implementation of the plan which allows for recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, off-road vehicle use, hiking, and camping among others.