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).
Strong partnerships are a cornerstone of the Department of the Interior's (DOI) work and mission, serving as on-the-ground illustrations of the Secretary of the Interior's commitment to communication, consultation, cooperation, all in the service of conservation. DOI bureaus welcome the myriad partners who share common goals and interests in conserving, using and enjoying the nation's natural resources.
DOI partnerships with local municipalities, private landowners, school groups, corporations and numerous other interests are important because many natural resources – water, fish, wildlife, for example -- do not recognize boundaries and jurisdictions. Additionally, funding and other resource shortages affect all levels of government and society. Partnering can avoid duplication of effort, provide for pooling of scarce resources, and promote coordinated, focused and consistent mutual efforts toward conservation and outdoor recreation successes. The bottom line? Partnering makes sense.
DOI bureaus are eager to explore public-private partnerships in recreation and natural resources management. Here's how you can get started: