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: Southwest Climate Science Center Research Program Ramps Up
The Southwest Climate Science Center is initiating both long- and short-term planning for its climate and climate-effects research program. The SWCSC Stakeholders Advisory Committee is developing advice on the highest priority information needs for a broad range of interests from throughout the Southwest. A January 26 letter to SAC representatives outlines the process being used to help develop themes for potential lines of research. SAC representatives' input will help feed the SWCSC Science Plan, which is intended to have a five-year time horizon. SAC input is also helping to inform Fiscal Year 2012 research planning. Information about SAC advice on climate-related information needs can be found here. The SWCSC has also kicked off projects that are envisioned as contributions to more-extensive ongoing regional efforts. Additional information about SWCSC contributions to the Southwest Climate Assessment, and to an evaluation of next generation climate models for projecting climate effects in the Southwest, can be found here.