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: Upcoming Webinar: "Can forests take the heat? Managing pests and ecosystem services in a warming climate"
"Can forests take the heat? Managing pests and ecosystem services in a warming climate"
by Steve Frank, Ph.D., NCSU
April 17, 10-11 am EST
Summary: Trees help mitigate the urban heat island effect and provide other services to urban residents. Unfortunately, herbivores are often more abundant and damaging on urban than rural trees. We have found that urban warming increases pest abundance directly and indirectly by changing interactions with parasitoids. Our goal is to determine how urban warming and pests interact to affect tree health and the services they provide. We also want to determine if cities, which have been warming for centuries, may be canaries in the coal mine that can predict the effects of global warming on natural forests.