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).
Federal Responders are the backbone of Emergency Support Function (ESF) #11 Protection of Natural and Cultural Resources and Historic Properties (NCH). Federal responders volunteer to accept a temporary tour of duty to aid others affected by a disaster; they are paid federal employees. When a disaster occurs that threatens or damages NCH resources, we call on a cadre of responders from within the Department of the Interior and our support agencies to respond. These responders have years of experience, unique skill sets, and possess broad knowledge on natural and cultural resources. Thus, the Federal Government, through ESF #11 NCH, sends the very best individuals into the field to help States, Tribes, Territories, and local governments respond to disasters that affect NCH resources. For information on how to get involved please explore the links seen below.