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 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.