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 Department of the Interior has a strong commitment to preventing the introduction and spread of invasive species that can have a negative impact on America's economy, the environment, native plants and animals, and human health. As an example of this commitment, the Office of Policy Analysis provides staffing and administrative support to the National Invasive Species Council (NISC). Established by Executive Order (EO) 13112, NISC is co-chaired by the Secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture and Commerce; ten additional Federal departments and agencies are represented on NISC. The mission of NISC is to ensure that Federal actions to prevent and control invasive species are well coordinated, effective and efficient.
Some critical coordination issues include:
• Raising awareness about the environmental and economic impacts of invasive species, and determining how to best protect natural resources;
• Preventing the introduction of additional invasive species;
• Early detection of invasive species populations, and encouraging rapid responses to slow their spread and prevent their establishment;
• Controlling established invasive species to protect, and where needed, restore natural resources;
• Addressing a range of Federal organizational collaboration challenges;
• Using international-scale approaches and regional initiatives to address the movement of invasive species around the globe.
Tangible improvements in water quality, species recovery and habitat improvement are being acheived through collaborative partnerships to prevent and control invasive species.
For more information on the National Invasive Species Council, please visit