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).
A four day set of combined workshops to develop the five year science agenda and the related first year implementation plan for the North Central Climate Science Center (first two days) and allow collaborators to develop prospectus for work funded by the NC CSC (last two days).
Participants were invited from the North Central University Consortium (NCUC), members of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC), USGS centers within the NC CSC domain and other select and relevant federal research groups.
A near completed draft of the NC CSC five year science plan and initial draft of the first year implementation plan.
Self-organized teams with prospectus for research projects that fulfill the needs expressed in the five year science agenda which leverage existing university and federal programs, and deliver tangible benefits to land managers within the next two to five years.
Date: April 30 - May 3, 2012
Where: Montana State University, Transportation Systems Engineering Building