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 Department of the Interior museum collections, a subset of the larger personal property category, are managed and preserved under policy set in the Departmental Manual Part 411. The DOI Museum Property Directives are associated policy and procedure for all bureaus and offices of the Department. Other guidance is also provided.
Departmental Manual Part 411
Departmental Manual Part 411, "Identifying and Managing Museum Property," sets the policy for the management and preservation of museum property at the Department of the Interior. 411 DM was revised in September 2012.
DOI Museum Property Directives
The DOI Museum Property Directivesare policy and procedure documents that pertain to specific aspects of the management, preservation, and documentation of DOI museum collections. These documents are in various stages of preparation. Those that are approved by the Director, Office of Acquisition and Property Management, are available for download.
DOI Museum Property Handbooks
The DOI Museum Property Handbookswere written in the 1990s to provide guidance on meeting the policy set forth in Departmental Manual Part 411. They are fully available here until superseded by the DOI Museum Property Directives.
DOI Museum Property Guidance
DOI Museum Property Guidanceare documents that may be used by DOI curators, museum property management staff, and many others to assist with managing, preserving, and documenting DOI museum collections.