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).
Warming stream temperatures are increasing the range of non-native, predatory smallmouth bass into critical salmon rearing habitat. Erika Sutherland, one of the Northwest Climate Science Center's newest Graduate Fellows, is currently conducting research to better understand the recruitment bottlenecks of smallmouth bass at the most upstream extent of their range in hopes to limit the impact of future climate-change induced range expansion. In a parallel stream, she will also test the effectiveness of smallmouth bass nest disruption as a potential management strategy and its impact on the co-existing subyearling Chinook salmon population. Erika conducts her field work on the North and Middle forks of the John Day River in the Blue Mountains of northeast Oregon. As a University of Washington graduate student supervised by Julian Olden, Erika works closely with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Nature Conservancy and with the U.S. Geological Survey.