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 and priorities of the natural and cultural resource management communities in the Alaska region.
The Alaska Climate Change Executive Roundtable (ACCER) and Alaska region Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) serve as the primary conduits for stakeholder input to the Alaska CSC. Comprised of senior-level executives from both federal and non-federal agencies in Alaska, ACCER serves as the formal stakeholder advisory council for the Center.
ACCER meets at least twice annually to provide guidance in the development of the Alaska CSC's Annual Action Plan, and to review progress over the previous year. Implementation of the Alaska CSC's Strategic Plan is further assisted by a sub-group of ACCER, the Climate Change Coordinating Committee (C4).
The Climate Change Coordinating Committee (C4) assists the Alaska CSC in implementing its Strategic Plan by 1) Providing guidance in the conversion of stakeholder input into an Annual Action Plan and 2) Recommending how to utilize available scientific assets to best address regional science priorities.
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 also assist the Center in its work to address Alaska's resource management priorities. Likewise, all of these groups work with the Alaska CSC to help maximize the use of existing resources and to minimize any duplication of effort.