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).
Project to Revise Tribal Shares for the Appraisal Services Program
OST has completed a project* to revise how funding shares are calculated and allocated to tribes who are performing, or are interested in performing, the appraisal program pursuant to Public Law 93-638, the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975, as amended [25 U.S.C. §450j-1(a)].
On December 6, 2011, the OAS Director, with concurrence of the Principal Deputy Special Trustee, approved the implementation of the new appraisal tribal shares formula. Information about the new tribal shares was communicated to tribes and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Additional funding to tribes that contract the appraisal program is provided when workloads justify an increase.
The tribal shares that were calculated in 1995 had not changed nor had they been recalculated in step with increased regional appraisal budgets. Revised formulas ensure uniformity and transparency in determining: 1) tribal shares and 2) funding residual for inherent federal functions.
OST will determine the next course of action relative to the project and post results here. If you have questions, please contact the Director of OAS at email@example.com or