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: Upcoming Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Training
The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments course will be offered by the USFWS National Conservation Training Center on September 30 – October 2, 2014 in Lacrosse WI. The course is based on the 2011 publication "Scanning the Conservation Horizon - A Guide to Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment". This course is designed to guide conservation and resource management practitioners in two essential elements in the design of climate adaptation plans. The course will use regionally specific examples tailored to participants.
There is no tuition cost and the DOI North Central Climate Science Center has limited funds available to cover travel expenses for regional stakeholders and Tribal Environmental Professional to attend. Anyone interested in exploring this travel support should write to Jeff Morisette at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 303-968-8986.