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).
Nate Mantua is an Associate Professor of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington. His expertise revolves around climate dynamics and climate impacts on aquatic ecosystems. His research has focused on understanding the dynamics and consequences for natural variations in Pacific climate related to El Nino and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, and climate impacts on Pacific salmon and marine ecosystems. He served on the Pacific Salmon Commission Panel on Fraser River Sockeye Declines, the US Fish and Wildlife Service Expert Panel on Marbled Murrelets, the Royal Society of Canada panel on Climate Change and Ocean Biodiversity, and the National Research Council's study of the Alaska Groundfish Fishery and Stellar Sea Lions. He received an Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from NOAA in 2000. For the past 3 years he has served as the Co-Director for the University of Washington's Climate Impacts Group, an interdisciplinary research team dedicated to increasing the climate resilience for people and nature.
Mr. Mantua has a B.S. degree from the University of California at Davis, and a PhD from the University of Washington.