Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.
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.
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
House Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife
A Bill to Authorize Assistance for Political Status Education on Guam
November 5, 2009
Madam Chair and members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to discuss H.R. 3940, a bill to authorize grants and other assistance for political status education on Guam.
The Department of the Interior has no objection to the enactment of H.R. 3940.However, we note that any assistance provided under this authorization would have to compete with other priority needs.
H.R. 3940 would authorize the Secretary of the Interior to extend assistance to the Government of Guam to facilitate a public education program on political status options for
.Included in such assistance would be grants, research, planning assistance, studies, and agreements with Federal agencies.
When the political status of a territory is under consideration, education of the public regarding the options available to the people is of utmost importance.Only an educated populace can make informed decisions about its future.The Department of the Interior would not object to funding political status education on two conditions:
the education on options is factual, and
all points of view receive equal opportunity for hearing.
The Department would not award funding to extol one point of view that unfairly excludes other points of view.The hallmark considerations for a public education program on political status are facts and fairness.