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: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Video Features Efforts to Build a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace
Building a diverse and inclusive workplace is everyone's responsibility. A new video from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service highlights efforts by the Service's Northeast Region to bring culturally diverse employees into the workforce.
“We are creating a workplace where people not only want to come to, but they also want to stay,” says the Service's Northeast Regional Director Wendi Weber.
In the video, Weber explains the region's efforts to provide tools and training to managers to recruit and retain a diverse workplace, develop a cadre of employees to serve as “diversity change agents,” create entry-level positions to provide employment opportunities, and develop an intern program that brings culturally and ethnically diverse students into the Service.
The video also features John Burden, chief diversity officer for the Department of the Interior. Burden highlights the significance of the first-ever Inclusive Workplace Statement, signed by Secretary Ken Salazar in August 2010.
“Secretary Salazar truly believes that we can, and we will, get diversity right this time,” Burden said. “Everyone has to see themselves in this effort.”
Also featured are Lamar Gore, the acting chief of Diversity and Civil Rights for the Service's Northeast Region, and Gabe Harper, a park ranger at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Gore and Harper explain the success of the Service's Career Discovery Internship Program, which introduces diverse youth to the Service.