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).
Recognition and awards help ensure that our employees and our partners continue the often difficult, but always rewarding job of working together to conserve, use and protect America's natural, cultural and historic heritage.
The Secretary's Partners in Conservation Award recognizes those who make exceptional contributions in achieving conservation goals through collaboration and partnering. Overall, this award recognizes outstanding conservation results produced either through
engaging external partners, or
fostering a collaborative culture within and across Interior organizations.
Beyond conservation results or increased partnering capacity, these achievements have been realized through the outstanding participation of many diverse individuals and organizations.
The Cooperative Conservation Award recognizes cooperative conservation achievements that involve collaborative activity among a diverse range of entities that may include Federal, State, local and tribal governments, private for profit and nonprofit institutions, other non-governmental entities, and individuals.
The Secretary annually recognizes specific volunteer projects and efforts in twelve categories. These awards, given for outstanding stewardship of public lands, honor those who best protect and/or enhance our public parks, forests, grasslands, reservoirs and wildlife refuges, as well as our cultural and historic sites, local playgrounds and other recreation areas. Finalists and winners are selected by a panel of reviewers, and the winners are honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, DC.
John Wesley Powell Award
USGS honors individuals or groups, not employed by the USGS, whose contributions to the agency's objectives and mission are noteworthy. The awards recognize John Wesley Powell, the second director of the USGS, a distinguished scientist responsible for setting the high standards that govern the USGS today.
recognizes Departmental employees and teams as well as Departmental cooperators (contractors or outside partners) who have attained exceptional environmental achievements. The DOI Award categories mirror the categories of the White House Closing the Circle Awards administered by the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive with the addition of one category, Environmental Stewardship. The Department of the Interior Environmental Achievement Award categories include: