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.
2013 Economic Report: On July 11, 2014 the Department released the 2013 Economic Contributions Report, a project led by the Office of Policy Analysis. The report concluded that in fiscal year 2013 the Department's wide range of recreational, conservation, energy, land and water management programs and activities supported more than 2 million American jobs and contributed about $200 billion in value added to the Nation's economy. Executive Summary | Full FY 2013 Report | Press Release