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.
Over the last three decades wildfires in the American West have gotten bigger and more frequent, exacting a significant economic toll. University of Washington's Harry Podschwit is one of only a few dozen statisticians in the world tackling the question of fire ecology. As one of the newest Northwest Climate Science Graduate Fellows Harry will take a statistically sophisticated approach to modeling megafires that will allow him to compare the relative importance of variables like air temperature, wind speed, and fuel moisture. This new approach may eventually allow him to address management relevant questions such as “Does fire suppression have a statistically significant effect on burn size?” Harry is also working to develop a portable software package that managers can customize to create their own wildfire probability maps. This tool will help stakeholders across the west as they decide how best to manage natural resources in the face of climate change.