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.
The scientific priorities of the Alaska CSC are driven by the needs of the natural- and cultural-resource management communities in the Alaska region. High level priorities are outlined in the Alaska CSC's Strategic Plan, and the Center seeks guidance from its Stakeholder Advisors on at least a bi-annual basis.
The Climate Change Coordinating Committee (C4) assists the Alaska CSC in implementing its Strategic Plan by:
Providing guidance in the conversion of stakeholder input into an Annual Action Plan and
Recommending how to utilize available scientific assets to best address regional science priorities.
Maximization of available scientific assets and a concerted effort to avoid duplication of effort are also facilitated by regional Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) coordinators, the USGS Alaska Science Center, and an Academic Leadership Team drawn from all three of the University of Alaska campuses.
To maintain high-quality research, avoid conflicts of interest and protect confidential information, the Alaska CSC is implementing rigorous procedures for reviewing Center activities. The Alaska CSC's Annual Action Plan will also be reviewed from a national perspective to identify issues benefiting from multi-region collaborations among CSCs and other partners.