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).
The Fisheries Resource Monitoring Program was established to help provide information needed for management of subsistence fisheries on Federal public lands in Alaska. The program funds projects that address research priorities identified by management agencies and the public through the Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils.
Funding has been awarded to Alaska Native organizations, rural organizations, universities, Federal and State agencies, and private contractors. Projects include studies of the status of fish stocks, subsistence harvest and use patterns, and collection and analysis of traditional knowledge. The program also works to integrate Alaska Native and rural organizations into the management of subsistence fisheries by having the level of rural involvement as one of the criteria for evaluating investigation plans.