Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.
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.
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
Sarah is a PhD student at Oregon State University in the Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society pursuing a major in Forest Science and a minor in Ecosystem Informatics. Her research focuses on understanding bird species distributions in mountainous environments, both in the Oregon Cascades (Andrews Forest) and the White Mountains of New Hampshire (Hubbard Brook). At both sites, she is investigating the relative roles of climate, vegetation, and species interactions in driving bird distributions. Most of Sarah's research investigates both within- and between-season dynamics of forest birds. Using the dataset of bird occurrences from Hubbard Brook (1999-2012), she is looking at long-term population trends and changes in distributions across the elevational gradient. With the 4-year dataset from the Andrews Forest (2009-2012), her research focuses on understanding the role of microclimate due to complex terrain as a mechanism for buffering against macroclimate warming.