Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.
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.
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
DOINews: Trustees Propose to Restore Resources Injured by the M/V Casitas Spill in Hawaii - 30 day comment period
Bow of the M/V Casitas aground at Pearl and Hemes Atoll in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Photo credit: NOAA.
The Draft Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment (DARP/EA) for the M/V Casitas grounding and oil spill at Pearl and Hermes Atoll within the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge is available to the public for a 30-day comment period. The Draft DARP/EA summarizes natural resources injuries that resulted from the vessel grounding in 2005 on a coral reef at the Pearl and Hermes Atoll, Hawaiian Islands NWR which is now also part of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monumnet. The Draft DARP/EA decribes how the natural resource Trustees (the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Ocenaic and Atmospheric Administration, and the State of Hawaii) intend to restore habitat equivalent to the natural resources injured by the vessel grounding. The proposed restoration project will be paid for by damages from a legal settlement between the Trustees and the owners and operators of the M/V Casitas.