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).
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wave to the crowds along the Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site parade route. Photo: Tami A. Heilemann - Office of Communications
The U.S. Park Police Motorcycle Unit passes the inaugural parade reviewing stand. Photo: Tami A. Heilemann - Office of Communications
The U.S. Park Police Honor Guard passes the inaugural parade reviewing stand. Photo: Tami A. Heilemann - Office of Communications
U.S. Park Police Horse Mounted Unit passes the inaugural parade reviewing stand. Photo: Tami A. Heilemann - Office of Communications
First Lady Michelle and President Barack Obama wave during the inaugural parade. Photo: Tami A. Heilemann - Office of Communications
Vice President Joe Biden applauds during the inaugural parade. Photo: Tami A. Heilemann - Office of Communications
Officer John Lynch of NY Field Office stands watch during the inaugural parade. Photo: Robert Turner U.S. Park Police
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President Barack Obama was sworn-in for his second term Jan. 20, with a public celebration and a repeat of his oath of office on Jan. 21.
The National Park Service has been at the center of planning presidential inaugurations for more than 70 years. The NPS is responsible for the care, maintenance and preservation of some of the most important locations used during inaugurations, from the National Mall to the inaugural Parade route to the site of the Presidential reviewing stand. Two National Parks- President's Park and the National Mall and Memorial Parks- play a role in the event.
The NPS also works in a support role to the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) , the Armed Forces Inaugural Committe (AFIC) and the Joint Congressional Committe on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC).