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 Participates in Choctaw Labor Day Festival
On August 30 - September 2nd, 2013, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma hosted their 66th Annual Choctaw Labor Day Festival in Tuskahoma, OK. The free festival includes Native American dances, Choctaw artistry of weaving baskets, beadwork masterpieces, gourds, pipes, wood sculptures, terrapin races, softball and stickball games, concerts and rides.
Two of the South Central Climate Science Center staff, April Taylor, Sustainability Scientist and Katie Underwood, Intern, as well as fellow consortium member, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma staff, Tye Baker, Senior Water Resource Management, and Sara-Jane Smallwood, Research Analyst, conducted outreach at the festival. The activities included a Going Green tent with environmental conservation education sessions on the Choctaw/Chickasaw Water Plan and Conservation Information, a Carbon Emission Wheel of Fortune game, Landscape Conservation and Rain Gardens, Benefits of Recycling Fishing Line, The Watershed and Non-Point Source Pollution, Just Enough Energy is Enough! Turn Your Household Utilities into Money!, and What Can I do to Recycle? There were also booth tables with materials and prizes, including water conservation kits, rain barrels, and weather radios. The South Central CSC was happy to be a part of the activities!