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).
Collette Gantenbein graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Geography with an emphasis in studying cartography and Geographic Information Systems. Her senior thesis, Environmental Degradation of the Tibetan Plateau, introduced her to an interest in Physical Geography through researching desertification and deforestation influenced by changes in land use in China and Tibet. While obtaining a GIS certificate at Foothill College, she participated in NASA DEVELOP as a member of the wildfire research team using remotely sensed data and GIS to map burn severity. She is currently in a Master's program in Geography at the University of Idaho researching land cover change in relation to climate change through examining burn severity in the Pacific Northwest.