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).
In order to volunteer for Emergency Support Function #11 Protection of Natural and Cultural Resources and Historic Properties response work; you must be employed with the Department of the Interior (DOI) or one of our partner groups.
If you are not a Federal employee, there could be other ways to help. In the aftermath of some disasters, States will solicit for professional volunteers with the expertise to help in response operations. Individuals interested in volunteering might also want to look into joining a professional organization or other groups which could be tasked by States and others to aid in efforts in the wake of a disaster. While DOI does not organize these activities, be sure to check back for opportunities to volunteer as they become known.