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).
Federal legislation provides for a variety of agreements and tools that enable Federal agencies to cooperate with other Federal and non-Federal entities, including industrial for-profit organizations. They also enable the protection, where necessary, of new knowledge and scientific/technical information from public disclosure, including the intellectual property interests of collaborating parties.
Federal agencies may use technology transfer agreements to share, exchange, transfer, obtain and/or use, as appropriate under statute, information, expertise, facilities, and materials with other entities. Such agreements include:
Bureaus and offices may also use a combination of the above types of technology transfer agreements, as appropriate. Different bureaus are more likely to use different types of agreements (see here). This matrix identifies differences between various types of agreements.
Technology transfer agreements should adhere to the principles and policies specified in the Departmental Manual, and they may enter into technology transfer agreements with any entity, including:
Other Federal agencies
State and local governmental units
Industrial organizations (e.g., corporations, partnerships, limited partnerships, and industrial development organizations)
Public and private foundations
Nonprofit organizations (including universities)
Other persons (including licensees of inventions owned by the Federal agency)