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).
The Native Hawaiian Federal Interagency Working Group was established with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in February 2011. The Working Group's stated purposes are to:
Establish a process to assist federal agencies with the identification of impediments to meaningful, regular, and appropriate consultation with Native Hawaiian Organizations as required by law, regulation, and policy; and develop information and recommendations to assist federal agencies with their consultation with Native Hawaiian Organizations.
Assist federal agencies with their compliance activities associated with the administration of federal programs that directly and/or uniquely affect the Native Hawaiian community.
Current members of the Working Group are the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment (DUSD (I&E)) within the Department of Defense, and the Office of Native Hawaiian Relations which has the lead in organizing the Working Group. Additional federal agencies may join the Working Group by signing the MOU.