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: Southeast Climate Science Center to present poster at the AGU Science Policy Conference
The SE Climate Science Center co-authored a poster that will be presentated at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Science Policy Conference to be held in Washington DC, May 1-2, 2012. The poster “Climate Science Centers and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives: A Coordinated Federal Effort to Sustain Natural and Cultural Resources in the Face of Climate Change” outlines the U.S. Department of the Interior's strategy for a collaborative effort to develop integrated adaptation and mitigation strategies for natural and cultural resources with the challenge of climate change. The poster will present information on how CSCs (with specific focus on the Southeast CSC) are working closely with the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) in their regions to develop science-based information using physical and biological research, ecological modeling, and multi-scale scenario-building and decision analysis that supports natural and cultural resource managers. The abstract was co-authored by representatives of the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC. (Melinda Dalton, firstname.lastname@example.org, 770-903-9142)