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 Office of Appraisal Services (OAS) provides appraisals, appraisal reviews, and appraisal consulting of real property interests on trust and restricted lands. OAS supports the Secretary of the Interior's trust responsibilities for tribal and individual Indian beneficiaries trust assets.
The request for appraisal services determines the market value for various real estate transactions and provides beneficiaries with information about their trust asset. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and contract or compact tribes operating the real estate services program request appraisals to support the following types of real estate transactions:
Other types of real estate transactions
The OAS Director has supervision of 12 regional offices aligned with the 12 BIA regional offices throughout Indian country. In each regional office is a Regional Supervisory Appraiser who is responsible for the incoming appraisal services and managing appraisal assignments.
OAS also supports the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations by providing land valuation services. Land valuation, a technical process that provides a baseline or benchmark, enables decisions to be made about fair market values.