Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.
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.
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
The NC CSC welcomed two new CSU employees in January and February 2014. Jill Lackett will be serving as the new University Program Manager and Stacy Lynn will be serving as the new Research and Engagement Coordinator.
Jill Lackett received her MA in Anthropology (Human Ecology) from Colorado State University. Her thesis research involved interviewing farmers and ranchers in Weld County, CO regarding conservation practices they chose to implement on their farms/ranches. She is excited to be getting back into the realm of climate science after being apart from it after working in the Great Plains region on the first National Assessment in the late 1990s. In addition to coordinating the North Central University Consortium, Jill will be working with Dennis Ojima and Shannon McNeeley in the adaptation foundational science area. Jill is also a part-time research associate at the Natural Resource Ecology Lab at Colorado State University.
Stacy Lynn received her MSc in Rangeland Ecosystem Science and her PhD in Ecology, both from Colorado State University. She is currently a Research Scientist with CSU's Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, where her work focuses on a higher education partnership with University of Nairobi's Center for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies, and on East African dryland systems that are going through rapid change with challenging consequences for people and ecosystems, particularly due to climate change and development. Her interests are focused in interdisciplinary approaches to research in social-ecological systems, climate change, participatory research, science education, systems thinking, sustainability, citizen science, and natural resource governance. Stacy's interest in complex, applied, social-ecological questions with real implications on the ground for both people and conservation have led her to her new position as Research and Engagement Coordinator for the NC CSC, where she will coordinate the Center's funded research projects, and will work on communication and engagement across the University, the NC CSC's consortium of partners, and the public.