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 Interior Regional Emergency Coordination Councils (I-RECCs) provide DOI bureaus and offices a mechanism to communicate and maintain liaison and coordination between I-RECC members and with each Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) region, including Regional Interagency Steering Committees (RISCs) and Regional Resource Coordination Centers (RRCCs). I-RECCs give DOI the ability to coordinate emergency activities across bureaus and offices. Members of the I-RECC are designated from each bureau/office that has capabilities or program equities within the region. Membership on the I-RECCs are coordinated through each Bureau's Emergency Coordinator and members have broad knowledge of their bureau's capabilities within the region.
The I-RECCs emergency management activities are coordinated with other Federal agencies as well as with State, local, and tribal governments. The I-RECCs are coordinating mechanisms and do not supplant the authority of bureaus or offices to manage resources within the region. The chairman of each I-RECC coordinates with I-RECC members to assure Departmental participation in regional emergency planning and response activities, and dissemination of information regarding these activities to all I-RECC members. At a minimum, I-RECCs meet quarterly.
Interior Regional Emergency Coordination Councils (I-RECCs) are located in the ten FEMA regions and in Alaska. The I-RECCs serve as a coordinating mechanism for emergency planning and response activities among the Interior bureaus which have lands or offices in the region, and provide points of contact for liaison with FEMA and other Federal, State, tribal and local agencies.