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.
DOINews: NE CSC Director Participates in United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) meeting
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The United South and Eastern Tribes Inc., (USET) held the 2013 Impact Week meeting February 4-6, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. USET, which is a non-profit, inter-tribal organization that collectively represents its members tribes at the regional and national level, provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information amongst Tribes, agencies and governments.
The Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) took the opportunity to attend the meeting and provide a presentation on its history and activities to the USET Natural Resources Committee. Mary Ratnaswamy (USGS Director, Northeast Climate Science Center), Andrew Miliken (North Atlantic LLC Coordinator), and Chris Caldwell (Consortium Member -CMN/SDI Director) gave a presentation of the NE CSC history and activities as part of continued outreach efforts to tribes in the northeastern region. After the presentations, the Committee had several questions, with one of the recurring and strongest comments about communication both between the federal government agencies, and as the government agencies communicate with tribal leadership. The concern was that tribes, with already limited staff, are not always able to assess all of the different communications that come in from the different agencies. At this specific meeting alone the USDA Forest Service and the Department of Interior/ USGS led Climate Science Center were providing climate change information to USET about separate initiatives and how they are looking to include tribes or tribal feedback in those efforts. The NE CSC presenters took this feedback and will use it to further refine their approach to communicating with federal and tribal partners as NE CSC continues to move forward in fulfilling its mission.