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).
April Taylor, Sustainability Scientist with the South Central Climate Science Center, will give a presentation on drought monitoring tools at the 2014 Inter-Tribal Emergency Management Coalition Summit in Shawnee, OK on June 3-5. April will partner with Rachel Riley from the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) on this presentation.
The Inter-Tribal Emergency Management Coalition (ITEMC) works to minimize the effects of disasters, (chemical, biological, technological, natural or man made), upon the Indian Tribes in Oklahoma by preparing for, responding to, recovering from, and mitigating against all natural and man made disasters. The Coalition implements, exercises, and coordinates preparedness plans and assists other emergency response departments within Tribes, the Coalition, and the local Emergency Management agencies through training and mitigation of disasters, and by coordinating actual disaster response/recovery operations. For more information about the ITEMC, please visit: http://www.itemc.org/.