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).
For more than 100 years, miners worked under the hills of Kansas chipping out limestone for construction and road-building. In the 1950s, workers began to mine limestone to leave behind useable subterranean space. There is an estimated 20 million square feet of business and industrial space underground in the greater Kansas City area, which is about 10 percent of the business space in the area.
NARA has 1.3 million cubic feet of undergroundstorage space available for federal records in Lenexa, Kansas. The American Indian Records Repository (AIRR), located 80 to 90 feet underground, is currently storing boxes in NARA archival quality “storage bays” that total approximately 350,000 cubic feet.
AIRR meets NARA standards for records storage and is on par with NARA's College Park facility in Maryland—the best archival facility in the world. The air inside AIRR is filtered repeatedly for airborne particulates, dust and filaments. No ink pens, gum, candy, food or liquids are allowed in any of the research or storage areas at AIRR.