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: SC CSC Director will Serve on Advisory Committee to the Vice President for Research at OU
Dr. Kim Winton, Director for the USGS, South Central Climate Science Center was invited to serve on the Advisory Committee to the Vice President for Research (VPR) at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier established this organization about four years ago as a means to advise him on important matters regarding research across the entire university but also as a sounding board for him to test new ideas before discussing them more broadly. The committee has about 20 members, including all Associate Deans for Research, with representation across a broad array of disciplines. Also included is a member from the private sector as well as from a Federal agency - the latter in recognition of the importance of Federal partners (NOAA and now DOI).