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.
Summary: Senate Floor Action on the FY 2002 Energy and Water Development Appropriations
July 18th 2001
July 18th 2001 was the third day of Senate floor action on the 2002 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill. Of note in the proceedings is the following:
A compromise amendment developed by Senators Daschle and Bond was offered and adopted by a vote of 100 to 0 on the COE Missouri River operating plan. The amendment allows the Corps to propose alternatives to achieve species recovery other than those prescribed in the November 2000 FWS biological opinion. The Senate bill already includes a provision that prohbits the Corps from changing its river management plan.
The Senate voted down an amendment offered by Sen. Murkowski that would earmark $10 million for grants to enhance job training for the Department of Energy. The amendment would have redirected $10 million from CALFED.
The Senate adopted A Craig amendment for repayment for Arrowrock Dam and a Wyden amendment to add $500,000 to conduct design work at Savage Rapids Dam.