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 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.