Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.
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.
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
The scientific priorities of the Alaska CSC are driven by the needs of the natural- and cultural-resource management communities in the Alaska region. High level priorities are outlined in the Alaska CSC's Strategic Plan, and the Center seeks guidance from its Stakeholder Advisors on at least a bi-annual basis.
The Climate Change Coordinating Committee (C4) assists the Alaska CSC in implementing its Strategic Plan by:
Providing guidance in the conversion of stakeholder input into an Annual Action Plan and
Recommending how to utilize available scientific assets to best address regional science priorities.
Maximization of available scientific assets and a concerted effort to avoid duplication of effort are also facilitated by regional Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) coordinators, the USGS Alaska Science Center, and an Academic Leadership Team drawn from all three of the University of Alaska campuses.
To maintain high-quality research, avoid conflicts of interest and protect confidential information, the Alaska CSC is implementing rigorous procedures for reviewing Center activities. The Alaska CSC's Annual Action Plan will also be reviewed from a national perspective to identify issues benefiting from multi-region collaborations among CSCs and other partners.