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).
The scientific priorities of the Southwest CSC are driven by the needs and priorities of the natural and cultural resource management communities in the Southwest region.
The Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) for the Southwest CSC includes representatives from those Landscape Conservation Cooperatives with all or a majority of their area within the Southwest region, as well as other management and science partners in the region.
The SAC meets annually to approve the Southwest CSC Science Agenda and provide guidance to the SW CSC on meeting the climate science needs of resource managers.
The Stakeholder Advisory Committee is made up of representatives of the following agencies:
U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation
National Park Service
Fish and Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Indian Affairs
US Geological Survey
U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service -- R&D