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 Northeast Climate Science Center recently produced its 2012 Annual Report, the first since the CSC was established in March 2012. The document details the research capacity of the NE CSC Consortium, highlights several projects and research areas, and sets out the Priority Science Themes established through stakeholder feedback during the CSC's first year of operation. During a year of unprecedented climate impacts to the natural resources of the Northeast region, the NE CSC assembled a leadership team to guide the enterprise in expanding its stakeholder base and delivering high quality science. The first steps of the CSC included completing a Draft Strategic Science Agenda, establishing a Stakeholder Advisory Committee, hosting 2 Stakeholder Outreach and Science Planning Meetings, funding $550,000 in stakeholder-driven climate research, and training the first 15 Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows in stakeholder-driven climate science techniques. Please take a look at the Annual Report and learn more about the people and the research behind NE CSC activities accomplished in 2012!