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).
Collaboration is an increasingly important way to accomplish our Department of Interior (DOI) mission. Collaborating with public and private individuals and groups makes sense for a variety of political, economic and social reasons. Problem-solving power is shared in a collaborative process, and this often leads to a sense of shared responsibility for the resources. Collaboration builds longer-lasting solutions to natural resource management issues.
To ensure DOI employees have the competencies to develop successful collaborative partnerships with public and private entities, the Department has assembled an array of instructional materials and activities. These materials will help course coordinators and instructors from all DOI agencies support effective collaboration. Although these materials are provided for DOI employees, others may also find these materials useful.