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).
Annually, in March, ESF #11 NCH will solicit the Bureaus within the Department of the Interior for individuals from within their workforce for possible deployment under ESF #11 NCH, should an activation of the National Response Framework occur. ESF #11 NCH works with the National Park Service's Emergency Incident Coordination Center to compile a list of volunteers that can be searched to identify individuals to deploy in the event of a disaster.
Should you be interested in volunteering for ESF #11 NCH, we ask that you download the volunteer resource form that you find below and submit it both to ESF #11 NCH's National Coordinator and the NPS EICC. The only requirements for your participation are that you are a current employee of the Department of the Interior and that you have been granted permission from your supervisor to be deployed on a Mission Assignment to do work under ESF #11 NCH.