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).
A significant accomplishment during the early period of trust reform was the conversion to a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) accounting software system. In March 1998, OST contracted with a commercial vendor to use a version of its trust accounting system that provides basic collection, accounting, investing, disbursing and reporting functions.
TFAS is an accounting and investment system that enables the automated production of account statements for individual Indians and tribal account holders. It replaced a module in BIA 's Integrated Records Management System and two OST systems. TFAS was deployed in August 1998 and was fully operational in May 2000.
TFAS allows automated trade settlements, automated payments of financial asset income, daily securities pricing and automated reconciliation. In addition, landownership and leasing accounts are being included in TFAS as part of BIA's and OST's TAAMS conversion project, to ensure that both systems contain accurate and complete information.