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).
DOINews: New Report on Science Needs for the Alaska Region
In April 2011 the Alaska Climate Science Center (AK CSC) co-sponsored a workshop on shared science needs within the Western Alaska LCC (WALCC). Results from that workshop are now available at http://www.arcus.org/western-alaska-lcc/spring-workshop-2011/report. This report identifies critical research, monitoring and information gaps related to resource management in the face of climate change, particularly within western Alaska. Moreover, the report lays out a series of “next steps” for use in guiding the WALCC's science planning process, as well as for connecting to the efforts of the AK CSC and other regional partners. For more information, please contact AK CSC Director Steve Gray (email@example.com) or WALCC Science Coordinator Joel Reynolds (Joel_Reynolds@fws.gov).