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.
The Interior Museum Program (IMP) prepares a Department of the Interior Museum Property Management Summary Report (DOI Summary Report) annually. Each DOI Summary Report describes the resources, accomplishments, goals, and issues of the ten DOI bureaus and offices that manage museum collections. Each report is also a source of oversight for DOI museum collections and offers insights to the challenges the bureaus and offices face in managing museum collections as stewards for the American public.
Each bureau and office with museum collections submits an annual report to IMP detailing its museum collections according to a set of required information. The data and narratives in the bureau reports are analyzed by IMP staff who study trends over time and make comparisons between the bureaus. They reconcile data in reports from previous years, identify and investigate anomalies, and update and refine data. In this way, each annual DOI Summary Report measures bureau performance, showcases bureau accomplishments, and brings persistent issues to light. This significant effort has given DOI and its bureaus a significantly better understanding of its collections.
Posting the annual Summary Reports online gives the public access to information about DOI collections and accomplishments, as well as the issues that the DOI currently faces in preserving and documenting its museum collections for the benefit of the American people. Recurring themes in the reports include: the estimated size and complexity of the DOI collections; accessioning and cataloging, including backlogs; preservation and conservation; inventory and accountability; the bureau and non-Federal facilities housing DOI collections; access and use of collections; and partnerships. The contents of the following DOI Summary Reports have evolved as recurring issues are addressed and new issues arise.