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).
On January 18, 2011, President Obama issued Executive Order 13563, which seeks to improve regulation and regulatory review. He stated that our "regulatory system must protect public health, welfare, safety, and our environment while promoting economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation" and it must "use the best, most innovative, and least burdensome tools to achieve regulatory ends."
DOI has completed its Final Plan for Retrospective Review of the Department's regulations.
Becoming more flexible, reducing costs and all around improvement
On February 28, 2011, President Obama issued a memorandum that directs agencies to work with State, local, and tribal governments to identify opportunities to promote efficiency and reduce reporting and regulatory burdens.
To accomplish this, we invite comments on how well the Department's existing regulations and relationships with State, local and tribal governments are consistent with this memorandum and the principles of Executive Order 13563 and ways we can make our relationships with State, local, and tribal governments more efficient and effective.
Please send comments to RegsReview@ios.doi.gov. We will carefully review all comments, but we are not able to respond to them individually.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment -- including your personal identifying information -- may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.