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).
On November 5, 2009, President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing each agency to submit a detailed plan of action describing how the agency will implement the policies and directives of Executive Order 13175.
Since that time, the Department has established a joint federal-tribal team to develop a Department-wide policy on Tribal consultation with certain goals. The policy strives to include elements that:
honor the government-to-government relationship;
involve the appropriate level of decision maker in a consultation process;
promote innovations in communication by including a Department-wide tribal governance officer;
detail early tribal involvement in the design of a process implicating tribal interests; and
capture a wide range of policy and decision making processes under the consultation umbrella.
This webpage provides information related to the ongoing development of a Department-wide policy process, including the upcoming drafting of a separate supplemental policy for Alaska Native Corporations.