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 Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill
July 12, 2001
The Senate, on the afternoon of July 12th 2001, passed the 2002 Interior Bill by voice vote.
Before passing the bill, the Senate considered the following amendments:
Sen. Durbin. Prohibit use of funds for preleasing, leasing or other related activity within the boundaries of any national monument in effect on January 20th, 2001, except as allowed under the Presidential proclamation establishing the monument. Adopted by a voice vote after a motion to table failed by a vote of 42 to 47.
Sen. Nelson of Florida. Prohibit use of funds to execute a final lease agreement for oil and gas in the Sale 181 area of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Tabled by a vote of 67 to 33.
Sen. Smith of Oregon. Prohibit use of funds to implement the current biological opinion for the Klamath Project until specified conditions are met. Tabled by a vote of 52 to 48.
Sen. McCain. Delete $2 million provided in the NPS National Recreation and Preservation Account for restoration of the Vulcan steel monument in Birmingham, Alabama. Defeated a by a vote of 12 to 87.
The Senate also adopted a managers package of amendments. Details of this package are not yet available.