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: SE and NE CSCs Host Climate Change Meeting for NWR Managers
The Southeast and Northeast Climate Science Centers (CSCs) held an ‘Impacts of Climate Change' meeting for National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) leaders from Alligator River, Cape Romain, and Blackwater NWRs at the Alligator River NWR on March 5-6, 2014.
During the meeting, CSC scientists listened and learned about refuge managers' greatest challenges for NWR adaptation to global change (e.g. sea level rise, habitat loss, saltwater intrusion, etc.) and the type of science that could assist them with the management decisions they must make. Refuge participants identified a common decision problem that has two components: minimize or reduce the rate of change to valued resources (can be thought of in terms of habitat (e.g., wetlands) or animals using habitat); and develop a dynamic reserve design strategy for long-term adaptation to sea level rise and other global change stressors. Using structured decision making methods, the SE and NE CSCs will continue to work with managers to identify and respond to their science needs.
Scientists and National Wildlife Refuge Managers who participated in the ‘Impacts of Climate Change' meeting, including NE CSC Director Mary Ratnaswamy (second from left) and SE CSC Director Jerry McMahon (second from right) (Photo Credit: Mary Ratnaswamy, NE CSC).