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: Recent Publication Explores Indigenous Community Health and Climate Change
Salish tribes during their Salish Sea journey while they conduct water sampling with USGS.
Image source: Carol Reiss
Coastal Indigenous communities are disproportionally vulnerable to climate change because many of their reserves lie in lowlands that may be threatened by sea level rise.
In a study partly funded by the Northwest Climate Science Center, members of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in Washington State, the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation in British Columbia, and the USGS applied recently developed Indigenous community health indicators (IHIs) to identify climate adaptation priorities for their coastal communities. IHIs, such as “Natural Resources Security” and “Self Determination”, were linked to environmental indicators, such as the health of shellfish beds and archaeological resources.