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).
Prior to serving as the Communications Coordinator for the Northwest Climate Science Center, Lisa Hayward was a Science & Technology Policy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. As a Fellow Lisa worked within the Ecosystems Mission area of the U.S. Geological Survey. She spent one year at headquarters in Reston, working to improve data infrastructure. For her second year she returned to Seattle to help build the communications program at Western Fisheries Research Center. Lisa received her Ph.D. in biology from the University of Washington (UW) investigating stress physiology in birds under the supervision of John C. Wingfield. As a post-doctoral student she studied the impacts of motorcycles on spotted owls in Northern California. This work was conducted with Sam Wasser, director of the UW Center for Conservation Biology and collaborators in the U.S. Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service and NGOs, including the Blue Ribbon Coalition. As an undergraduate at Carleton College in Northfield, MN Lisa majored in Biology and English. She has authored multiple journal articles, magazine stories, book chapters for general audiences, technical reports for the National Parks Conservation Association, science briefs, web content and press releases. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Sean Watts, and son Henry.