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 Salazar Statement on the Passing of Senator Daniel Inouye
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WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today released the following statement on the passing of Senator Daniel Inouye:
"From statehood until today, Senator Inouye has represented the people of Hawaii with courage and conviction. We have lost a true American hero this evening, but Danny's legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of those he touched over his eight decades of service to the nation he loved and cherished. His indelible mark on American politics will forever remind us of a patriot who always put the people above his party. I am honored to call him a mentor and a colleague, but I am most proud to call him a true friend."