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: North Central CSC 2012 Strategic Planning Workshop Report
On April 30‐May 2, Montana State University hosted the North Central Climate Science Center's (NC CSC) strategic planning meeting. The meeting brought together for the first time the North Central University Consortium (NCUC), members of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC), USGS centers within the NC CSC domain, other select and relevant federal research groups, and NC CSC staff. Appendix A provides a complete list of workshop attendees. With this workshop serving as the initial gathering of these groups an implicit, but important, component to the workshop was an introduction to each other and the management needs and research interests of the participants. The specific objective for the workshop was to gather information and input to initiate the five year science agenda and the related implementation plans for the North Central Climate Science Center and allow the NCUC to develop a prospectus for work funded by the NC CSC's 2012 fiscal year budget.
This report provides an introduction to the NC CSC Strategic Plan and an overview of the four Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) in the NC CSC domain and the university consortium and USGS Centers in the North Central region.