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: Amy Birtwistle Receives NASA DEVELOP Excellence Award
Congratulations to intern Amy Birtwistle for her award as “DEVELOPer of the Term” for spring 2013.
The award distinguishes Amy from more than 330 NASA DEVELOP interns across the nation for her outstanding contributions and performance. She is a second-term DEVELOP intern at the NC CSC and a Master's student in watershed science at Colorado State University, the site of one of the newest DEVELOP Programs in the country. Amy has worked on two on-going landscape-scale projects; examining the long-term impacts of pine beetles on forests, and baseline mapping of headwaters and wetlands for long-term monitoring. She has also been a leader in geospatial analyses for our team of interns and has played a leading role in training new interns. Amy continues a trend of excellence from the NASA DEVELOP students working through the NC CSC. Steve Chignell was the term's runner-up last fall, and Matt Luizza was awarded one of two student scholarship awarded last summer by the NASA DEVELOP Program.