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 U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI) Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Program (NRDA Restoration Program) reports to the Deputy Assistant Secretary - Policy and International Affairs who reports to the Assistant Secretary - Policy, Management and Budget.
The Office of Restoration and Damage Assessment (ORDA) consists of an Office Director, a Deputy Office Director, an Assistant Office Director, a Restoration Fund Manager, a Restoration Support Unit and operations staff. The ORDA along with a work group and technical support group made up of representatives from various DOI bureaus and offices form the NRDA Restoration Program Management Team. Regional and Field staff in the DOI's natural resource management bureaus and offices are the backbone of the NRDA Restoration Program, conducting damage assessments and restoring injured resources in partnership with our co-trustees and other interested parties.
A Restoration Executive Board oversees policy direction and approves allocations of funds. This Executive Board includes representatives from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service; an Associate Solicitor; and the Director of the a Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance.