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 Science Centers and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives at the Western Mountain Initiative Annual Meeting
The Western Mountain Initiative unites U.S. Geological Survey, Forest Service, National Park Service and university researchers to help project climate change vulnerabilities and adaptation solutions for mountain resources of the American West.
At their September 21 - 22 annual meeting in Glacier National Park, WMI scientists were joined by representatives of the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (including Dr. Rick Sojda of the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center), as well as the interim directors of the North Central and Southwest Climate Science Centers (Drs. Jay Hestbeck and Dave Busch, respectively) who provided briefings on CSC and LCC activities and explored future opportunities with WMI.