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).
ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, BUSINESS SERVICES, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE,
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON NATIONAL PARKS, FORESTS AND PUBLIC LANDS,
COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES,
CONCERNING H. RES. 807 HONORING THE LIFE OF
MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS,
CHAMPION OF THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES
AND FOUNDER OF FLORIDA'S ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT.
MARCH 6, 2008
Mr. Chairman and members of the subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to present the views of the Department of the Interior on H. Res. 807, a resolution honoring the life of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, champion of the Florida Everglades and founder of Florida's environmental movement.
The Department has no position on H. Res. 807, since this resolution expresses the views of the House of Representatives and will not be enacted into law. We acknowledge the significant role Marjory Stoneman Douglas played in advocating for the protection of the natural and cultural values of the Everglades Region, which lead to the establishment of Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. Everglades National Park protects an area with a mosaic of habitats which support an assemblage of plants and animals found nowhere else on the planet.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas was a key figure who influenced National Park Service history through leadership, understanding and environmental advocacy. She authored The Everglades: River of Grass and founded Friends of the Everglades. These serve as testaments to her commitment for greater public awareness and understanding of the challenges society faces in protecting the Everglades ecosystem, which transcends political boundaries, and is a unique and critical resource to both local and international peoples. Peoples of the world recognize and affirm the significance of her pioneering environmental actions; these actions subsequently led to Everglades National Park being designated as an International Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site and Wetland of International Importance.
That concludes my testimony, I would be glad to answer any questions that you or other members of the subcommittee may have.