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).
The North Central Climate Science Center (NC CSC) recently partnered with the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) to provide a regional offering of the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment training. This three-day class took place in Jackson, WY, April 22-24, 2014. The training included three additional events outside of the standard curriculum including 1) a talk on national-level climate change strategies, by Paul Wagner with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, 2) a summary of an existing Vulnerability Assessment from Colorado's Gunnison Basin, by Renee Rondeau with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program, and 3) a field trip to beetle infested white bark pine communities.
Team members from two of the three management-focused projects funded by the NC CSC attended the course as well as members from multiple tribal communities. The USGS provided a facilitator (Geneva Chong) and two instructors (Laura Thompson and Jeff Morisette). The NC CSC host institution, Colorado State University, provided funding and logistical support as well as one instructor (Brian Miller). Others involved in the course include NCTC facilitator, Ashley Fortune, and Jennie Hoffman with Adaptation/Insight.