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).
To strengthen Alaska Native and rural involvement in Federal subsistence fisheries management and research the Partners for Fisheries Monitoring Program was initiated in 2003. The Partners Program is a competitive grant that is directed at providing funding for biologist /social scientist/educator positions in Alaska Native and rural organizations with the intent of increasing the organizations ability to participate in Federal subsistence management. In addition, the program supports a variety of opportunities for local, rural students to connect with subsistence resource monitoring and management through science camps and paid internships. The program has fostered more than 100 partnerships among local, tribal, State, Federal and academic organizations. The program has mentored over 80 college and 200 high school students from rural communities.
The next funding opportunity is now open and closes August 31, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. (Alaska Time)
In 2012, the Partners Program funded six positions, four full-time and two part-time, within the following organizations:
Bristol Bay Native Association, Dillingham – 1 full-time fishery biologist and 1 part-time Fisheries Internship Program Coordinator