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 Department of the Interior, Office of Wildland Fire's overriding mission is to provide the strategic leadership and oversight that result in a safe, cohesive, efficient, and effective wildland fire program for the Nation. Fulfilling this mission requires close coordination with our governmental partners across the United States, including the Nation's American Indian and Alaskan Native tribal governments.
The Office of Widland Fire recognizes the sovereign authority of tribal governments and is committed to working in partnership with Indian tribes on a government-to-government basis. We believe that this partnership will yield improved policy outcomes. To acknowledge and honor the sovereignty of tribal nations, Office of Wildland Fire conducts regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with federally recognized tribes on departmental action with tribal implications as related to the Department of the Interior's Wildland Fire Management.
The Office of Wildland Fire extended the comment period for feedback from the June 2015 Government-to-Government consultations until September 3, 2015. The extension was necessary due to the escalation in wildfire activity in the West and the numbers of tribes engaged in supporting those firefighting efforts.
The U.S. Department of the Interior places a high priority on respecting the government-to-government relationship between the federal government and the federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes.
Learn more about DOI efforts to support Indian self-determination – click here for information.