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 Commends Florida Governor Rick Scott's Commitment to Support Next Phase of Bridging for Tamiami Trail
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Project is Next Step in Restoration of Water Flows to Everglades
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today applauded Florida Governor Rick Scott's announcement that the State of Florida will support the next phase of bridge construction on the Tamiami Trail in the Everglades.
“We welcome Governor Scott's partnership with the Department in the construction of a 2.6 mile bridge on the Tamiami Trail, a critical next step in our collective efforts to restore the Everglades," said Jewell. “Bridging the Tamiami Trail is a key component of Everglades restoration plans to increase water flow through the central Everglades into Everglades National Park and Florida Bay. This will both help restore wildlife habitat in the Everglades and improve flood conditions in the Water Conservation Areas north of the Trail."
In February, the National Park Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed construction of the first mile of bridging on the trail, which is already contributing positively to the management of current high water conditions in the Everglades.
In recognition that the one-mile bridge was just a first step, Congress authorized a National Park Service plan to add an additional 5.5 miles of bridging. Last January, the Park Service began planning the next 2.6 mile bridge span.
“I visited the Everglades during my first two weeks as Interior Secretary and I am struck by the scale of the restoration effort and by the strength of the partnership we have with the State of Florida,” said Jewell. “I commend Governor Scott for his leadership on the Everglades and look forward to our continued efforts to restore this critical ecosystem while creating jobs and strengthening Florida's economy.”
The Obama Administration has reinvigorated Federal leadership in Everglades restoration, investing $1.7 billion in Everglades projects and initiatives that will make a measurable impact on the ground.