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 Lauds Progress on Management Issues Related to Cape Hatteras, Bonner Bridge
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WASHINGTON -- Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Tom Strickland today lauded the progress of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service for their work to balance important management issues related to North Carolina's Outer Banks.
“The work of these two agencies shows that the conservation of fish and wildlife and its habitat on the Outer Banks can be consistent with the transportation, recreation, and economic needs of local communities,” said Strickland. “I applaud the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service for their commitment to engaging the local communities, gathering ideas, and applying the best science to guide wise management decisions.”
On Friday, December 17, the Fish and Wildlife Service sent a letter to the Federal Highway Administration outlining additional steps agreed to by the two agencies that will protect Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge but will also allow construction of a new bridge to replace Herbert C Bonner Bridge. The Department of the Interior worked closely with FHWA and the North Carolina Department of Transportation over the past few months to craft a path forward.
Meanwhile, the National Park Service today made available the Record of Decision for the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan. In the Record of Decision, the Service adopted its preferred alternative to address resource protection (including protected, threatened, or endangered species), potential conflicts among the various Seashore users, and visitor safety.