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: Jeremy Littell Named Editor of Northwest Science Journal
Jeremy Littell, Lead Research Scientist for the Alaska Climate Science Center (AK CSC), has been named Editor of Northwest Science, the journal of the Northwest Scientific Association. Northwest Science has an 87 year history as an outlet for researchers to publish relevant, peer reviewed papers that advance multiple aspects of regional knowledge. It also has a recent history of USGS editors, with Edward Schreiner (FRESC, until 2008) and Jeffrey Duda (WFRC, until 2013) at the helm. Jeremy is pleased to be able to continue the role of USGS in the region, and to work with Northwest Scientific Association to promote science in the Northwest.