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: The North Central Climate Science Center Welcomes Brian Miller to its Staff!
Starting in the fall of 2013, Colorado State University hired Dr. Brian Miller to join the North Central Climate Science Center. Brian is working with the Center to make climate science more relevant to resource managers by developing tools for climate change scenario planning. He earned his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also worked at the Carolina Population Center. His dissertation focused on how conservation areas and land use changes have affected access to drought resource areas in East Africa, how these changes in resource access have influenced the livelihood decisions of Maasai pastoralists, and how livelihood decisions and resource management institutions have affected rangeland rivers. More broadly, Brian's research addresses the ways in which resource management initiatives influence social dynamics, and how these social changes in turn affect ecosystems. He draws on a variety of research methods, including remote sensing, geospatial mapping, household surveys, interviews, measures of fluvial geomorphology, and agent-based modeling. He has applied these methods to questions of resource management in East Africa and the Galápagos Islands, and is now expanding his work to the western U.S.