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 Policy Analysis (PPA) helps coordinate Department-wide climate change adaptation activities, facilitating implementation of the Department's Climate Change Adaptation Policy, the Climate Resilience Goal under the Department's Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan and compliance with climate-related Executive Orders.
PPA developed the principles outlined in the Department's Climate Change Adaptation Policy and has worked collaboratively with the bureaus to incorporate the guidance into programs and operations. The full policy can be downloaded here.
PPA is also contributing to interagency efforts to provide scientific tools, information, and expertise to help people manage their climate-related risks and opportunities, and improve their resilience to extreme events. To learn more about these resources, visit the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit website.