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: Dr. Geneva Chong to help coordinate research activities for the North Central Climate Science Center
In October 2012, the North Central Climate Science Center (NC CSC) hired Geneva Chong, of the USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center. She will dedicate half of her time to help the NC CSC better coordinate the Center's growing regional climate science effort, which includes a large University Consortium. Geneva began her career with the National Park Service 20 years ago studying native plant restoration ecology, including the effects of climate, at Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico. Subsequent research included development of vegetation inventory and monitoring approaches and applications to fire and disturbance ecology and habitat quality across the western US. Geneva is currently a member of the USGS Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative (WLCI) Science Team and she is working on applications of phenology measurement to assess vegetation condition. She has worked with interdisciplinary teams with members from other agencies, universities and nongovernmental organizations both nationally and internationally. Her duties at the NC CSC are to assist the Director with program development and management, which includes a wide range of activities from promoting efficient use of capabilities offered by the NC CSC for research support to facilitating communication and promotion of science to partners and resource managers. A specific duty will be to strengthen the NC CSC's connection to the climate-related classes offered by the National Conservation Training Center and consider regional offerings of those classes.