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).
Secretary Announces Proposed Settlement for November 7, 2007 San Francisco Bay Area Oil Spill
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California Attorney General, Kamala D. Harris, Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, U.S. Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General, Ignacia S. Moreno and NOAA Chief of Staff, Margaret Spring, announce the proposed settlement at a San Francisco press conference on September 19, 2011. Photo credit: Chip Demarest, DOI.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar joined representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the State of California and the City and County of San Francisco at a press conference on September 19, 2011 on Treasure Island in San Francisco to announce a proposed settlement of $44.4 million with Regal Stone Limited and Fleet Management Limited, the companies responsible for the container ship M/V Cosco Busan that spilled 53,000 gallons of bunker fuel oil into San Francisco Bay after striking the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on the morning of November 7, 2007.
The settlement includes natural resource damages, penalties and past costs for responding to the oil spill which fouled 3,367 acres of shoreline within San Francisco Bay and along California’s Pacific coast outside the Golden Gate, killed an estimated 6,849 seabirds and water birds, adversely affected almost a third of the Bay’s herring spawn that winter and resulted in the loss of over 1 million recreational user-days.
The State and federal natural resource trustee agencies, including National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, NOAA, California Department of Fish and Game, California State Lands Commission and East Bay Regional Parks District, have prepared a Draft Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan. This Plan, which will be available for public comment shortly, details proposals for how the $32.3 million in natural resource damages in this settlement will be spent to restore injured natural resource and resource services.