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: Communications Officers Embrace Roles in Challis Wild Horse Gather
BLM Idaho Public Affairs Officers Sarah Wheeler of the Idaho Falls District, Heather Tiel-Nelson of the Twin Falls District and Jessica Gardetto of the Idaho State Office enjoyed some time with the talented Prada horses, Shorty and Rooster, at the recent Challis Field Office wild horse gather.
As part of the BLM Idaho Wild Horse and Burro team, these public affairs officers designated safe observation areas with the team; escorted interested members of the public to observation areas and the BLM Challis Wild Horse Facility; answered public questions and concerns; filmed and photo documented the gather; and updated websites and social media each evening after the gather was finished for the day.
From left, BLM public affairs officers Sarah Wheeler of the Idaho Falls District, Heather Tiel-Nelson of the Twin Falls District and Jessica Gardetto of the Idaho State Office embrace the talented Prada horses, Shorty and Rooster, at the Challis Field Office wild horse gather. Photo by BLM.
After all of these hours each day, they still smile and love their jobs because of the camaraderie of the people they work with and the majestic outdoor landscape they call their "office."
Shorty's and Rooster's job was to lead each group of wild horses into capture sites at the Challis Field Office wild horse gather. They wait until the horses make visual contact and then run in front leading them into the corrals at the capture site. From their stellar performances this past week, you can tell they love their jobs, too.
Wild horses moving north from Corral Basin Wilderness Study Area. Photo by BLM.
Wild horses arriving safely at the Antelope Flat capture site. Photo by BLM.
On Wednesday, Oct. 31, a total of 267 horses had been gathered over the course of six days in three different capture locations within the Challis Herd Management Area, completing the gather. The number of horses gathered and released should achieve the appropriate management level of 185 animals to maintain the overall objective of healthy horses on healthy rangelands.
"We wrapped up gather operations today. Just look how happy some of the team is to be done," said Challis Field Office manager Todd Kuck. Photo by BLM.