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.
Subject: Message to all employees from Secretary Jewell
My thoughts are with all of you as we enter our second week of this extraordinarily disruptive government shutdown. You are all professionals who are committed to the diverse missions of the Department of the Interior, and our inability to provide services is having a devastating impact on individuals, businesses, the economy and the people who depend on these services across the country.
For our colleagues who are continuing to come to work to protect life and property, I offer my sincere thanks. You are frequently on the front lines and having to deliver difficult messages to the public. I am grateful for your professionalism and continued dedication to public service.
If you are on furlough, I appreciate that you want to do your jobs and the shutdown may set your work back for a long period of time. I am also aware of the impact of this shutdown on partners, concessioners, communities who depend on us for their business, contractors who are unable to provide services, and tribal governments who rely on us to serve their members.
There are no winners in this situation. I am hopeful that Congress acts swiftly to end this shutdown so that we can all get back to the business of serving the American people.