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).
DOINews: Trustees settle with Atlantic Richfield Company at the Coeur d'Alene Basin Site, Idaho
Local wildlife and migratory birds benfit from a NRDAR Turstee project, led by FWS in the lower Coeur d'Alene Basin.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Coeur d'Alene Tribe, and the State of Idaho have settled for $1,687,500 in damages for injury to natural resources. The injuries to natural resources resulted from the release of contaminants at Operable Unit 3 (Coeur d'Alene Basin) of the Bunker Hill Mining and Metallurgical Complex Superfund Site in northern Idaho. The settlement funds will be used by the natural resource trustees for restoration of the injured natural resources. The Consent Decree with the Atlantic Richfield Company was entered into the Court and signed on January 13, 2011.