Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.
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.
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
DOINews: Developing Strategies for Sustainable Scrub-Jay Management
Dr. Fred Johnson's (USGS Southeast Ecological Science Center) findings from his study examining optimal strategies for managing habitat of the threatened scrub-jay at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge was recently published in the Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management. NASA collaborated with USGS on the project, as the refuge is co-located with the Kennedy Space Center. The area is home to one of the three remaining core populations of scrub-jays (the others are at the Ocala National Forest and Archbold Biological Station). The study revealed the current management strategy of relying on prescribed burning of scrub is unlikely to maintain scrub-jay abundance over the long term. Periodic cutting of tall scrub is the better option for scrub-jay conservation. The refuge is now exploring ways to fund mechanical cutting, which is quite expensive, as well as increase the efficacy of prescribed burning. POC: Fred Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org, (352) 392-5075