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).
Lindsey is a mountaineer from the flat lands of Florida's Gulf Coast who has been interested in the environment and nature since an early age. After graduating, Cum Laude, with a BS in Wildlife Ecology & Conservation from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Lindsey was employed by the U.S. Forest Service as a biological technician on a long-term population assessment of carnivores in the Sierra Nevada Range, with a focus on Fishers and American martens. For her Master's research in the Department of Fisheries & Wildlife at Oregon State University, Lindsey studied long-toed salamander breeding phenology at high elevations in response to UV-B radiation. Her doctoral research at Oregon State will investigate the response and adaptive capacity to climate change in amphibian species at high elevations throughout the Cascade Mountain Range. She plans to produce a conservation assessment for vulnerable amphibian species and offer management options for stakeholder groups.