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: NE CSC Director Participates in United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) meeting
The United South and Eastern Tribes Inc., (USET) held the 2013 Impact Week meeting February 4-6, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. USET, which is a non-profit, inter-tribal organization that collectively represents its members tribes at the regional and national level, provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information amongst Tribes, agencies and governments.
The Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) took the opportunity to attend the meeting and provide a presentation on its history and activities to the USET Natural Resources Committee. Mary Ratnaswamy (USGS Director, Northeast Climate Science Center), Andrew Miliken (North Atlantic LLC Coordinator), and Chris Caldwell (Consortium Member -CMN/SDI Director) gave a presentation of the NE CSC history and activities as part of continued outreach efforts to tribes in the northeastern region. After the presentations, the Committee had several questions, with one of the recurring and strongest comments about communication both between the federal government agencies, and as the government agencies communicate with tribal leadership. The concern was that tribes, with already limited staff, are not always able to assess all of the different communications that come in from the different agencies. At this specific meeting alone the USDA Forest Service and the Department of Interior/ USGS led Climate Science Center were providing climate change information to USET about separate initiatives and how they are looking to include tribes or tribal feedback in those efforts. The NE CSC presenters took this feedback and will use it to further refine their approach to communicating with federal and tribal partners as NE CSC continues to move forward in fulfilling its mission.