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).
Staff from the South Central Climate Science Center (SC CSC) recently attended two Tribal-related events. The events aimed to provide an opportunity for Tribes to gather and collaborate with environmental professionals from government agencies and other organizations.
Staff from both the North Central and South Central CSCs attended the National Tribal Forum (NTF) on Air Quality, hosted by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, held May 13-15 in Anacortes, WA. The NTF is a cooperative endeavor co-sponsored by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) and the National Tribal Air Association (NTAA). The purpose of the NTF is to provide environmental professionals from tribes, EPA, and other organizations an opportunity to meet and discuss current policies, regulatory initiatives, funding, and technical topics in air quality.
The SC CSC Sustainability Scientist and Tribal Liaison, April Taylor, presented at the 2014 Tribal Self-Governance Consultation Conference. This conference provides a forum and opportunity for Tribes to gather and communicate collective concerns and experiences, share in strategies, forge new relationships, and work to improve tomorrow for the next seven generations. The Self Governance Communication & Education Tribal Consortium (SGCETC), Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Indian Health Service (IHS) hosted this year's event on May 4-8 in Arlington, VA. The conference theme was “Self Governance – Nations with Choices and Voices”. April's presentation was titled, "Climate Change Science and Impacts to Tribes."