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).
Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Policy Coordination
The Interior Department is one of our Nation's principal stewards for our Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes resources and recognizes the vital connection between the health of our Nation's natural resources and human health and economy. Interior studies, manages and conserves watersheds, coastal lands and ocean waters to:
·provide robust scientific programs that inform decisions and reduce risk, ·ensure safe and responsible development of natural, mineral and energy resources, ·promote healthy and productive ecosystems through informed management and monitoring, ·protect native species and their habitats, ·provide rich cultural and recreational opportunities for the public, and ·support state, Tribal, regional and local partnerships.
The Office of Policy Analysis supports the Department of the Interior's Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Policy Coordination activities across Interior's Bureaus and with other Federal agencies. Through collaborative partnerships, Interior integrates effective multiple-use resource management from upland watersheds to deep oceanic waters. For more information on Interior's Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes activities, please visit: http://www.doi.gov/pmb/ocean/index.cfm