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: DOI Secretary Jewell Visits with Climate Change Partners and Leaders in the Pacific Islands
On September 4, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell met with climate change leaders and partners in Honolulu. She was briefed by the DOI Pacific Islands Climate Science Center and the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (Pacific Islands LCC), two arms of the DOI that work to understand, anticipate, and prepare for climate change in Hawai'i and the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands.
One of the longest contemporary records documenting increases in carbon dioxide has been collected at the NOAA Mauna Loa Observatory on Hawai'i Island, and the people, cultures, and ecosystems of the islands have been and are predicted to experience some of the most dramatic impacts of climate change on both land and the sea. Discussions at the briefing included presentations and input from colleagues in federal, state, and University communities who are developing and applying climate change science to societal and ecological challenges across the region.
Pictured in photo (left to right): seated at left:
• Loyal Mehrhoff, Field Supervisor, USFWS Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office
• Lucas Fortini, Ecologist, USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center, detailed to Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (PICCC)
standing from top, left to right:
• Randy Kennedy, Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources
• Gordon Tribble, Director, USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center
• Patrick Grady, Data Manager for PICCC and Pacific Islands Climate Science Center
• Keoni Kuoha, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, NOAA
• Katie Munkres, Communications Manager, PICCC
• Melia Lane-Kamahele, Manager, National Park Service, Pacific West Region
• Stanton Enomoto, National Park Service, detailed to PICCC
• Jeff Burgett, Science Coordinator, PICCC
• Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Department of Interior
• Haunani Kane, graduate student, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii
• Dave Helweg, Interim Director, DOI Pacific Islands Climate Science Center
• Steve Anthony, Director, USGS Pacific Islands Water Science Center
• Delwyn Oki, Hydrologist, USGS Pacific Islands Water Science Center
• Michelle Reynolds, Ecologist, USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center
• Chip Fletcher, Professor and Associate Dean, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii
• John Marra, Director, NOAA Climate Services, Pacific Region