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).
All this week, we are featuring some of the spectacular places in America’s Last Frontier: Alaska. The state’s national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands are rich and varied -- offering something for every visitor.
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Alaska, Climate Change, Press Release
As part of the Obama Administration’s Climate Data Initiative, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced a new set of online climate data resources to help Arctic communities with climate change planning, adaptation and management.
Nevada, Office of the Secretary, White House, Youth, Media Advisory
The Every Kid in a Park program seeks to connect young people with the great outdoors. The program allows fourth graders nationwide to go to www.everykidinapark.gov and obtain a pass for free entry for them and their families to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide for an entire year, starting September 1, 2015.
Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Press Release
Starting today, fourth graders nationwide can visit the new Every Kid in a Park website to obtain a pass that provides free access to students and their families to all federally managed lands and waters – including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries.
ANCHORAGE, AK – In recognition of the long history of strong support from Alaska state, tribal and congressional leaders, and in resolution of an official request for a name change pending for 40 years, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that the highest mountain in the United States and North America, formerly known as Mount McKinley, will be officially given the traditional Koyukon Athabascan name of Denali.
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Alaska, Office of the Secretary, Conservation, Media Advisory
As part of their travel to Alaska, Secretary Jewell and Assistant Secretary Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn will join a GLACIER roundtable discussion and the ‘Rising Together’ reception, hosted by more than a dozen diverse community organizations, including the Alaska Federation of Natives.
Office of the Secretary, Conservation, Press Release
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today announced the appointments of 18 members to the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council, a group established in 2010 to advise the departments on wildlife conservation, habitat conservation and hunting.
Bureau of Reclamation, Colorado, Office of the Secretary, Restoration, Press Release
The Department of the Interior has asked the Bureau of Reclamation to lead Interior’s independent assessment of factors that contributed to the August 5 Gold King Mine incident in Colorado. Interior was asked to conduct the assessment by the Environmental Protection Agency to review the cause of the incident and provide recommendations to prevent future incidents from occurring.
"My heart goes out to the families and fellow firefighters of these fallen heroes as we mourn their loss in service to others," U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said today on the tragic loss of three U.S. Forest Service firefighters near Twisp, Washington.
Bureau of Land Management, Office of the Secretary, Conservation, Press Release
The National Seed Strategy outlines coordinated and focused research, as well as improvements in seed production and restoration technology to increase the availability of genetically appropriate, locally adapted seed. The research findings identified in the Strategy will inform the development of new management tools to aid in restoration planning and implementation.
Bureau of Land Management, Utah, Office of the Secretary, Conservation, Press Release
The proposed Moab Master Leasing Plan exemplifies the thoughtful planning achieved through a robust collaborative process. In crafting the Moab MLP, the BLM brought together a diverse set of stakeholders, including local community members, industry representatives, recreation enthusiasts, tribes, and other interested parties from across the country; and worked closely with the National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and other state and local agencies in the planning process.