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).
The 2011 DOI Restoration Program National Workshop has been scheduled for March 28 – April 1, 2011 at the BLM National Training Center in Phoenix, AZ. The first day of the Workshop, Monday, March 28 will be for DOI agency personnel only. All DOI, other federal, tribal and state trustees are invited March 29 – April 1st. Wednesday, March 30 is the Workshop "Open Day" for invited non-trustee people involved in NRDA Restoration. Please register for the Workshop by March 11. Due to meeting room limitations, registrations received after March 11, 2011 will be accommodated based upon available space. Training courses will be offered on Friday, April 1st and are open to Trustees. If you are interested in attending one of the training courses please complete the registration form.
The Sheraton Crescent Hotel will again house the group in 2011. A personalized web site to reserve a hotel room has been created for the Workshop. Guests can access the site to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation. Please make your room reservations by 5:00 PM local time in Phoenix on March 11, 2011. Rooms and rates will be based upon availability if reservations are made after this deadline. To register by phone please contact Central Reservations at 1-800-325-3535 and refer to the Restoration Program Workshop 2011 when making your reservations.