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).
DOINews: Climate Boot Camp - Grooming the Next Generation of Climate Experts
The Department of the Interior (DOI) Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) has made the provision of education and training a key objective in the implementation of its 2012-2015 Strategic Plan. This priority is the driving force behind the Climate Boot Camp, a unique, annual week-long interdisciplinary training program organized, staffed and supported through the collaborative efforts of the NW CSC and university partners (Oregon State University, University of Idaho, and University of Washington).
Predicated on transferring the wisdom, knowledge and expertise of established experts, Climate Boot Camp provides participants with integrative training in climate impacts science, communication of science, and an improved understanding of the application of science to resource management decisions. The Climate Boot Camp brings together graduate students and early career scientists from other DOI Climate Science Centers, Northwest universities, federal agencies, tribes and non-governmental organizations. Climate Boot Camp “recruits” are connected with an instructor corps selected from the Northwest network of climate practitioners to learn about climate impacts science, science communication, and to grasp a better understanding of the tools and skills needed to apply science to resource management decision making. The one week course includes field trips, skill-building exercises, and presentations by leading climate scientists, communications experts and resource managers to give participants an all- encompassing view of the workings of climate impacts science.
The Climate Boot Camp was first offered in 2011. This year's session is being held Aug. 12–17, 2012, at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in Blue River, Oregon. The NW CSC is one of eight regional Climate Science Centers established by DOI and coordinates the expertise of federal and university scientists to provide scientific information and tools necessary to address federal, state, and tribal resource managers' priorities in response to climate change.