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: Dr. Nicole DeCrappeo Hired as Research Coordinator for the Northwest Climate Science Center
In November 2012, the NW CSC hired Dr. Nicole DeCrappeo to better administer and coordinate the growing regional climate science effort. Prior to joining the NW CSC, Nicole worked at the USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center in Corvallis, Oregon, for 10 years as a soil ecologist, and she brings extensive knowledge of the scientific issues of the Northwest and the Great Basin in particular. Her duties at the NW CSC are to inventory current climate science research projects to assess regional scientific strengths and information gaps, foster collaborative research partnerships, and ensure that scientific products generated from projects funded by the NW CSC and partners are being disseminated and used by resource managers and other stakeholders.