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 NPS encourages qualified scientists to undertake research on park physical, biological and other resources under the aegis of park Scientific Research and Collecting Permits. Such permits are issued for scientific and educational purposes only. The specimens and components of specimens may not be used for commercial or other revenue-generating purposes. Parties proposing commercial use of research results must enter into an agreement to share benefits with NPS or an agreement in which NPS explicitly declines to share benefits. In accordance with the National Parks Omnibus Management Act of 1998, which authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to enter into negotiations with the research community and private industry for equitable, efficient benefits-sharing arrangements, NPS has developed policy and procedures to implement benefits-sharing. For each benefits-sharing agreement, NPS proposes to choose an applicable agreement type from among several available authorities. TheCooperative Research and Development Agreement, authorized by the FTTA, is one such option.