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.
The scientific priorities of the Alaska CSC are driven by the needs and priorities of the natural and cultural resource management communities in the Alaska region.
The Alaska Climate Change Executive Roundtable (ACCER) and Alaska region Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) serve as the primary conduits for stakeholder input to the Alaska CSC. Comprised of senior-level executives from both federal and non-federal agencies in Alaska, ACCER serves as the formal stakeholder advisory council for the Center.
ACCER meets at least twice annually to provide guidance in the development of the Alaska CSC's Annual Action Plan, and to review progress over the previous year. Implementation of the Alaska CSC's Strategic Plan is further assisted by a sub-group of ACCER, the Climate Change Coordinating Committee (C4).
The Climate Change Coordinating Committee (C4) assists the Alaska CSC in implementing its Strategic Plan by 1) Providing guidance in the conversion of stakeholder input into an Annual Action Plan and 2) Recommending how to utilize available scientific assets to best address regional science priorities.
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 also assist the Center in its work to address Alaska's resource management priorities. Likewise, all of these groups work with the Alaska CSC to help maximize the use of existing resources and to minimize any duplication of effort.