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 to Visit the Pacific Islands and Alaska Climate Science Centers
Secretary Sally Jewell is planning to visit the Alaska Climate Science Center (AK CSC) on Tuesday, September 3 and the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center (PI CSC) on Wednesday, September 4 to discuss the CSCs role in working with partners to support resource management, planning and adaptation in the face of regional climate change. The AK CSC will discuss their Gulf of Alaska Glacier's Project and their other collaborations with researchers from a wide range of state and federal agencies. The PI CSC will discuss the role of climate science in planning for impacts of sea level rise on coastal communities and ecosystems; research and planning for climate impacts to seabirds and their habitat in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument; and the essential role of freshwater assessments and predictions for community planning and risk management.