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 Jewell Announces $8.7 Million for Conservation, Wildfire Prevention and Recreation Projects in Nevada
Office of the Secretary
WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that the Department will commit more than $8.7 million for a variety of projects throughout Nevada, including recreational improvement, wildlife habitat conservation and environmental restoration, and hazardous fuels reduction and wildfire prevention.
The funding is part of the latest round under the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act, legislation passed in 1998 that allows proceeds from sales of public land in Clark County, Nevada to fund a range of conservation, capital improvement and public improvement projects throughout the state.
“Today's announcement is the latest chapter in a successful collaboration that is conserving Nevada's natural beauty and unique landscapes and ensuring public lands will continue to enhance and support statewide growth and development,” Secretary Jewell said. “These funds will not only help restore and enhance these special areas for future generations, but also provide communities with greater wildfire protection, and generate jobs and vital resources for hard hit communities.”
The funding announced today includes more than $7.2 million for projects in the following categories:
Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Wildfire Prevention - $1,646,902
Parks, Trails & Natural Areas - $1,383,805
Capital Improvements - $475,916
Conservation Initiatives - $1,608,376
Environmentally Sensitive Land Acquisitions - $381,350
The Round 14 package also includes $1.5 million in a special account reserve for emergency or unexpected project expenditures.
Interior has shared more than $2.7 billion with Nevada from the sale of public lands in the Las Vegas Valley over the last 15 years. The Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act allows the Bureau of Land Management to sell public land within a specific boundary around Las Vegas, Nevada. The revenue derived from land sales is split between the State of Nevada General Education Fund (5%), the Southern Nevada Water Authority (10%), and a special account available to the Secretary of the Interior for restoration, conservation, recreation and capital improvement projects.