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: Opportunities to Learn More About Integrated Scenarios of the Future Northwest Environment
Please join us at two upcoming events to learn more about "Integrated Scenarios of the Future Northwest Environment", a research initiative being conducted by researchers in the Northwestern U.S. A webinar will be held April 3 and a workshop April 17:
Webinar - Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM Eastern
Speaker: Philip Mote, Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, Oregon State University
Description: As scientists strive to understand and predict the effects of climate change on the Northwest's fish, wildlife, hydrology, and ecosystem services, a foundational piece of knowledge they require is how the climate, the water cycle, and the vegetation will change in the future. Funded in part by the Northwest Climate Science Center, this project integrates, for the first time, state-of-the-science predictive modeling of these different attributes of the future environment in the Northwest, and will provide coherence and guidance for many scientific studies seeking to work out the details of how climate change will affect various plant and animal species and other aspects of ecosystem services. This project has evaluated and downscaled global climate models (from the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project phase 5, CMIP5), examined projections from these models and also from regional climate models, and improved and applied hydrologic and vegetation models. This webinar is a preview of a day-long workshop on project results that will be held April 17 in Portland, and webcast.
Description: This workshop will be held to 1) give an overview of project results including best estimates of what the future will look like in the region 2) provide more detailed results for climate, vegetation, and hydrologic futures 3) provide detailed instructions on how to access the digital data and 4) solicit input on next steps for making these scenarios more useable.