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.
Senate Appropriations Committee Approves 2008 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Bill
On Thursday, June 21st, the Senate Appropriations reported out the 2008 Interior appropriations bill today, adopting the subcommittee report with the following amendments.
MMS 98/99 Leases
A Domenici amendment striking the provision that would have prohibited MMS from issuing new leases to holders of leases that do not have limitations on royalty relief. The amendment was passed by a vote of 15 and 14.
A Reed amendment prohibiting the issuance of permits needed to allow the importation of polar bears or polar bear parts passed by voice vote.
The Managers package was adopted that included numerous technical changes, report language direction, and one funding adjustment. The funding adjustment reduced funding for FBMS by $1.0 million to provide $1.0 million for the Eisenhower Commission.
In addition, the following amendments were discussed, but not adopted. These amendments may be raised in floor action.
Secure Rural Schools
Craig withdrew his amendment to extend Secure Rural Schools funding through 2011.
Net Receipts Sharing
Bennett indicated that Domenici (who had to leave the mark up) had intended to propose that the provision re-establishing nets receipts sharing be stricken. The amendment was co-sponsored by Bennett, Allard, and Stevens.
Stevens withdrew an amendment that would have limited the timeframe for filing a lawsuit in opposition to the Tsongas Forest Management plan (Forest Service).