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).
Trustees Announce Land Acquisition for Restoration in Cherokee County, Kansas
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This forested area in Cherokee County, Kansas, is part of the newly acquired acreage which will be managed by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism for habitat restoration. Photo credit: Gibran Suleiman, FWS.
On February 14, 2012 the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, acting as natural resource trustees, announced the acquisition of 711 acres in Cherokee County, Kansas. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism will hold title to the land and be responsible for operations and maintenance, subject to a management plan.
This land acquisition is the first restoration project to be implemented under the publicly-reviewed “Cherokee County Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment.” This Restoration Plan was developed by the State and federal natural resource trustees to restore natural resources injured by lead, cadmium and zinc contamination arising from historic mining and mining-related activities in the Kansas portion of the Tri-State Mining District.