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: House Floor Action on the Fiscal Year 2006 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill
The House of Representatives passed the 2006 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies bill (H.R. 2361) on Thursday evening by a vote of 329 to 89, after defeating a motion to recommit with instructions to add funding for EPA programs by a vote of 191 to 228.
During consideration of the bill, the House adopted several amendments affecting Interior programs, including the following:
An amendment to increase PILT by $12 million to a total of $242 million, offset by a reduction of $13 million in Departmental Management. Offered by Mrs. Cubin, Mr. Cannon, Mr. Rahall and Mr. Udall (Colo.) Adopted by a voice vote. An amendment to increase PILT by an additional $4.8 million offered by Mr. Hefley was defeated on a roll call vote of 109 to 311.
An amendment by Mrs. Slaughter increasing funding for NEA and NEH by $15 million, offset by a reduction of $8 million in Departmental Management and $7 million in the National Forest System. Adopted by a voice vote.
An amendment by Mr. Rahall prohibiting the use of funds for sale or slaughter of wild horses and burros. Adopted by a roll call vote of 249 to 159.
An amendment by Mr. Doolittle prohibiting the use of funds for sale of lands acquired incident to acquisition of water rights for the Klamath and Tule Lake NWRs. Adopted by a voice vote.
An amendment by Mr. Costa prohibiting use of funds to enter into or renew any concession contract, except a concession contract that includes a provision that requires that merchandise for sale at units of the National Park System be made in the United States or its territories. Adopted by a voice vote.
The House also adopted a bill-wide amendment prohibiting use of funds to send more than 50 Federal employees to any single conference occurring outside of the United States.
Amendments defeated during consideration of the bill included:
A Peterson amendment to modify the current OCS moratoria to remove restrictions on leasing and development of natural gas resources. Defeated by a roll call vote of 157 to 262.
A Hefley amendment to reduce funding in the bill by $291 million. Defeated by a roll call vote of 90 to 326.
Points of order were sustained against several amendments, including:
A Pombo amendment to restrict use of funds for unauthorized programs until passage of authorizing legislation. The amendment was ruled to be legislation in an appropriations bill.
An amendment by Mr. Istook providing for the Eastern Gulf of Mexico OCS moratorium to not apply if the Energy Information Administration publishes data demonstrating that new imports of crude oil account for more than 2/3ds of U.S. oil consumption.
An amendment by Mr. Wu to prohibit use of funds to permit class III gaming on non-reservation Indian land.
Points of order by Mr. Davis (Va.) were sustained against several provisions of the bill pertaining to competitive sourcing and contracting with vendors in formerly timber-dependant communities.