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).
In February 2002, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a directive that all federal agencies issue and implement Information Quality Guidelines. In response to this directive, the Department of the Interior (DOI) issued and implemented guidelines to ensure and maximize the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information disseminated by its bureaus and offices.
In order to ensure the accuracy and integrity of its published scientific information, DOI follows a robust peer review process wherein the information undergoes internal peer review and is subject to public scrutiny. DOI, its bureaus and offices, and the National Invasive Species Council maintain the highest standards possible for published information to ensure integrity and transparency.
DOI Bulletin for Peer Review
The OMB directive, Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review (December 15, 2004), requires that there be a "systematic process of peer review planning" and access to a list of information products for official dissemination that will be peer reviewed as either influential scientific information or highly influential scientific assessments. DOI bureaus and offices created Web sites to accommodate the requirements of the Peer Review Bulletin.