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).
Trustees Announce Availability of “Draft Springfield Plateau Regional Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment” for 45-day Public Review
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Diamond Grove Prairie, in Newton County, Missouri, is a pristine example of the native grasslands that once dominated the Springfield Plateau. Native prairie preservation and restoration is a primary goal of the natural resource trustees in southwestern Missouri. Photo credit: John Weber, FWS.
On January 11, 2012 the Department of the Interior, acting through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the State of Missouri's Department of Natural Resources announced the availability of the “Draft Springfield Plateau Regional Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment” for a 45-day public review and comment.
The Draft Plan describes proposed alternatives for restoring injured natural resources in the Springfield Plateau ecoregion which covers parts of 18 counties in southwestern Missouri. Among the restoration projects proposed in the Draft Plan are projects funded in part from natural resource damage assessment settlements, including the Eagle Picher, Carver Salvage, Newton County Wells and the ASARCO bankruptcy.
The State and federal natural resource trustees are seeking written comments by February 27, 2012.