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.
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.