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).
Greg Gollberg is currently the Northwest Knowledge Network's (NKN) Data Services Center Operations Manager at the University of Idaho (UI) in Moscow, Idaho. He has an undergraduate degree in Ecology and Conservation Biology and a Master's degree in Fire Ecology from UI.
In 2002, Greg and others proposed the Fire Research And Management Exchange System (FRAMES) and in 2003 the University of Idaho, along with US Forest Service and US Geological Survey launched FRAMES, a state-of-the-art clearinghouse and web portal to help bridge the gap between the wildland fire research and management communities. Greg was the program manager for FRAMES for 10 years. He recently resigned that position to manage NKN. NKN proposes to make research data more accessible, comprehensible, usable and secure for data providers and data users, and to facilitate data usage across the disciplines by promoting commonly accepted policies, standards, and protocols.
In addition to his enthusiasm for information management, Greg is also a passionate wildlands conservationist, an avid biblio- & audiophile, a musician of sorts, an accomplished cook as well as a lover of wine & spirits, a partner in life with his wife (Linda), keeps an eye on their cats (Maia and Jumoke), and is a defender of all critters great and small.