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: Northwest CSC Adopts Tribal Engagement Strategy for 2012-2015
The Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) announces the adoption of the NW CSC Tribal Engagement Strategy for 2012-2015. The purpose of the Strategy is to describe the opportunities for collaboration between the NW CSC and the 52 Native American tribes within its geographic area. Engagement between the NW CSC and Northwest tribes is intended to assist tribes in being better prepared to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.
Tribal communities throughout the Northwest are especially vulnerable to climate change because of their significant relationship with natural resources, such as fish, wildlife, and vegetation, to sustain their economies and traditional way of life. The NW CSC is committed to collaborating with tribes on all aspects of its Strategic Plan, which focuses on the delivery of executive, science, data management, communication, and education and training services. Tribal engagement is a high priority for all eight Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers and their parent organization, the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center. The NW CSC Tribal Engagement Strategy provides a blueprint for similar efforts across the CSC network.