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).
To provide leadership, guidance, and support for climate-related activities through coordination and engagement with relevant stakeholders.
The Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) delivers Executive Services by providing leadership and general oversight of the Center's operations. The NW CSC Director is responsible for strategic decision making, and promoting and maintaining engagement between regional natural and cultural resource managers and climate scientists. The purpose of this engagement is to identify the highest-priority science needs that help resource managers plan for climate change and to ensure that the products of research funded by the NW CSC are useful to resource managers. To read more about Executive Services at the NW CSC, please download the Executive Services section of the Strategic Plan by clicking here.
The NW CSC was established in 2010 and its permanent director, Dr. Gustavo Bisbal, started in December 2011. Additional staff were hired in 2012 to coordinate regional climate research, communications, and tribal relations.
The NW CSC hosts quarterly conference calls and annual meetings of the Executive Stakeholder Advisory Committee (ESAC). The NW CSC Leadership Team (LT) meets about every 6 weeks, either in-person or by conference call, and team members participate in meetings of the national network of eight Climate Science Centers and the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC).
As part of its science project selection criteria, the NW CSC ensures that project investigators and researchers bring together scientific and management communities by initiating consultation with resource managers and decision makers (the "end users" of the projects' outcomes) before the start of the project and through completion.