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).
Born in Lima, Perú, Isabel received her BS in Economic Science from the Universidad del Pacífico. She worked for the World Wildlife Fund-Perú as a budgeting analyst and for the United Nations Environment Programme in Panamá, where she dealt with conservationist projects that were approached from the concept of "ecosystem for human well-being" in the implementation of their activities. She has worked as a consultant for WWF-Panama, Audubon Society, and the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean to identify and evaluate measures to reduce vulnerability to climate variability in the Panama Canal basin. Isabel's MS in Applied Economics/Resources and Environmental Economics at Oregon State University focused on estimating the demand for roundwood from sawmills and plywoods in Oregon. She started her doctoral work in Applied Economics at OSU in 2012, studying the economics of climate change for possible impacts on the region and evaluating mitigation and adaptation strategies.