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: Climate Change and Natural Resources Management in the Great Basin and Mojave Desert
A publication is now available synthesizing the outcomes of a recent climate change workshop (http://www.wr.usgs.gov/workshops/ccw2010/agenda.html) held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Federal and state natural resources managers, scientists, and stakeholders outlined potential impacts, recommendations, and collaborative opportunities related to climate change throughout much of the Intermountain West. The report, entitled “Natural resource mitigation, adaptation and research needs related to climate change in the Great Basin and Mojave Desert,” is available on line at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2011/5103.
The workshop and publication were sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Desert Research Institute.
The report citation is: Hughson, D.L., Busch, D.E., Davis, Scott, Finn, S.P., Caicco, Steve, and Verburg, P.S.J., 2011, Natural resource mitigation, adaptation and research needs related to climate change in the Great Basin and Mojave Desert: Workshop Summary: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011-5103, 34 p.