Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
FY 2001 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill
The conference report on H.R. 4733, the FY 2001 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill was filed the night of September the 27th and passed by the morning of September the 28th. Early reports are that the report:
Includes the Senate language on Missouri River operations, which the White House has said is grounds for a veto.
Includes a total of $23.6 Billion, $1.8 Billion more than the House bill, $0.6 Billion more than the Senate bill, and $0.8 Billion more than the Budget request.
Does not apply any new funds for the CALFED Bay-Delta Program (conflicting reports say $20 Million provided).
Includes $781 Million for other Bureau of Reclamation accounts ($51 Million more than the House, $27 Million more than the Senate, and $40 Million more than the request).