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 Environmental Safeguards Group (ESG) is the primary body within the Department of the Interior that helps draft and implement policies and procedures related to ESF #11 NCH, coordinates the annual call for volunteers within the Department’s Bureaus, and organizes the response effort when ESF #11 NCH is activated.
The ESG is composed of members representing each of the Bureaus within the Department, as well as Offices under the Secretary. They represent their Bureau within the group, and interface with their Bureau’s Executive Agent to decide what resources are available to be pledged to ESF #11 NCH response work.
The ESG meets monthly with the National NCH Coordinator to discuss ESF #11 NCH matters and to ensure that the group is prepared to respond to any activation that may occur.