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).
Hayes, Ulmer Continue Dialogue on Improving Decision-Makers' Access to Science in Arctic
Office of the Secretary
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of the Interior today hosted a meeting of top federal decision-makers, members of the federal government's science community, and outside experts from nongovernmental organizations, industry, academia, Alaska Native organizations, and state and local government to continue discussing ways to enhance collaboration between the scientific community and decision-makers in the Arctic.
Led by Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes and Fran Ulmer, Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission and former chancellor of the University of Alaska, Anchorage, today's meeting was the third in a series of workshops to discuss how to better optimize the availability of relevant scientific information for federal decision-makers and, more generally, to promote a more interactive dialogue between scientists and decision-makers involved in the Alaska Arctic.
“As we work toward a long-term management framework for the Arctic, we must recognize both the resource potential of the region and the irreplaceable natural and cultural resources it contains,” said Deputy Secretary Hayes. “We are exploring ways to develop a landscape-scale approach to the Arctic that cuts across agencies, jurisdictions, and boundaries and takes into account the traditional knowledge of Native communities.”
“It is essential that we make every effort to address the future of the Arctic in an integrated manner that cuts across agency and disciplinary lines,” said Ulmer. “Research and planning are important building blocks of this approach, and that's why these workshops that bring together policy makers, land managers, community leaders, and scientific experts are necessary to discuss how best to deliver relevant scientific information to officials responsible for making decisions related to energy development in Alaska.”
Other meeting participants included high-level officials and scientists from the Departments of Interior, Commerce, Agriculture, Homeland Security, Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Also participating were senior representatives from state and local government, Alaska Native organizations, the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee, non-governmental organizations, industry, and academia.