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 Staff Assist with Training Class for Native American Tribal Staff
The USGS Oklahoma Water Science Center, in cooperation with the USGS TEchnical training in Support of Native American Relations (TESNAR) program and the Bureau of Reclamation conducted a 1.5-day training class for 28 Native American tribal staff members in Shawnee, Oklahoma on August 13 and 14, 2013. Oklahoma Water Science Center Hydrologists were assisted by April Taylor of the South Central Climate Science Center and Darrell Townsend of the Grand River Dam Authority in presenting material to the class. April Taylor and Bill Andrews taught the climate change portion of the class.
Class topics included: Tribal water planning, the USGS groundwater toolbox, technical tasks to support Tribal water planning, ecological flows, water use, water availability, drought, and climate change. Bureau of Indian Affairs of the Southern Plains Regional Office staff will also attend the class. The environmental staff from 14 tribes has confirmed attendance.