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: USGS Scientists Discover that the Threatened Gulf Sturgeon also Spawns in the Fall
For the first time ever, USGS fish biologists have discovered that one species of North American sturgeon not only spawns in the spring, but as they have long hypothesized, also spawns in the fall. This discovery was recently reported in an advance online issue of the Journal of Applied Ichthyology in an article co-authored by Southeast Ecological Science Center (SESC) scientists, Michael Randall and Kenneth Sulak. The Gulf Sturgeon, protected under ESA as threatened, is a large, ancient and charismatic fish inhabiting seven natal rivers from Florida to Louisiana, well on its way to recovery in the Suwannee River. The paper is available online at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1439-0426.2012.01960.x/pdf (POC: Rachel Pawlitz, 352-264-3554 or Mike Randall, 352-264-3521).