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).
Emergency Support Function (ESF) #11 Protection of Natural and Cultural Resources and Historic Properties (NCH) participates in a variety of exercises throughout the year. The goals of these exercises are to gain valuable experience and lessons learned that can be applied in a true emergency. These exercises also serve to educate other participants about ESF #11 NCH and encourage consideration of natural and cultural resources in preparing for and responding to a disaster.
This page will be updated with information about exercises in which ESF #11 NCH has participated, as well as known upcoming training that may benefit NCH responders.
Liberty Radiological Exercise
The Liberty Radiological Exercise (Liberty RadEx) was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in April 2010. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sponsored the exercise which simulated a detonation of a Radiological Dispersion Device (RDD). Since the exercise began play 60 days after the detonation of the RDD, players could focus on recovery efforts directed toward the impacted area.
The exercise allowed ESF #11 NCH players and observers to experience how the program would fit into the response phase of a disaster, and learn the existing techniques for treating historic artifacts and buildings that are impacted by radiological contamination.