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 Action on the FY 2002 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill
July 12, 2001
On the afternoon of July 12th 2001, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the fiscal year 2002 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill. (The Subcommittee markup occurred earlier in the day.) The bill could be considered on the Senate floor as soon as Monday July 16th. The following information is based on draft materials and subject to change.
Overall, the Senate bill is reported to have provided $25.5 billion in new discretionary budget authority, $1.4 billion above the FY 2001 enacted level and $2.4 billion above the FY 2002 President's Budget. Within the total, $884.2 million in new current budget authority was provided for Department of the Interior programs, $67.6 million over the FY 2001 level, $41.3 million over the House bill, and $64.5 million over the FY 2002 President's Budget.
Like the House bill, the Senate bill does not provide funds for the California Bay-Delta Restoration account. The Senate bill does, however, provides $40.0 million in additional funds for authorized activities of the Bureau of Reclamation's Central Valley Project that will also support the goals of the CALFED Bay-Delta Program.
Chairman Byrd noted that, in addition to the Interior and Energy and Water Development bills, the Committee planned to mark up seven other appropriations bills by the end of July. The tentative schedule is: July 12th - Transportation and Legislative; July 17th - Agriculture; July 19th - VA-HUD and Commerce-Justice-State; July 26th - Foreign Ops and Treasury-Postal.