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).
Interior Report Finds Mistakes Made, but No Scientific Misconduct at Point Reyes National Seashore
Office of the Secretary
Matter Referred for Appropriate Administrative Action
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) has completed a review of allegations that officials and scientists in the National Park Service (NPS) suppressed or failed to disclose existing or available NPS data related to aquaculture activities and harbor seal populations in the upper portion of Drakes Estero within Point Reyes National Seashore (PORE) in California.
The review, done by the DOI Solicitor's Office, analyzes the factual record which supports conclusions that there was no criminal violation or scientific misconduct but that NPS, as an organization and through its employees, made mistakes which may have contributed to an erosion of public confidence. Specifically, several NPS employees mishandled research in the form of photographic images showing the activities of humans, birds, and harbor seals at upper Drakes Estero in PORE.
Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Will Shafroth and National Park Service Deputy Director Peggy O'Dell are overseeing a full review of the Solicitor's Office report. O'Dell is responsible for ensuring that all appropriate corrective action is taken. To protect the legal rights of affected NPS employees, DOI will not discuss any personnel action that may be taken, and will not publicize the individual names associated with the report.
To read the report, click here. To read Acting Assistant Secretary Shafroth's referral letter, click here, and Deputy Director O'Dell's response, click here.