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 Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) is designed to encourage, facilitate, and participate in cooperative action to address climate adaptation science needs across the entire Northeast region. The NE CSC relies upon priorities identified by Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) and other regional natural and cultural resource management partners; and coordinates or integrates scientific activities with other public and private science entities working in the region.
Stakeholder Advisory Committees (SAC) assist Climate Science Center (CSC) Directors in the identification of regional natural and cultural resource management priorities. The following representatives serve on the NE CSC SAC (as of February 2014):
U.S. Department of Interior David P. Russ, Northeast Regional Director, U.S. Geological Survey (Committee Chair) Leon M. Carl, Midwest Regional Director, U.S. Geological Survey Mary Foley, Regional Chief Scientist, National Park Service Maryanne Gerbauckas, Associate Regional Director and Resource Stewardship Northeast Region, National Park Service Michael Reynolds, Midwest Regional Director, National Park Service Robert Krumenaker, Superintendent, National Park Service Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Wendi Weber, Northeast Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Official designee: Rick Bennett, Regional Scientist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Tom Melius, Midwest Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Official designee: Craig Czarnecki, Assistant Regional Director, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture Thomas L. Schmidt, Assistant Director Northern Research Station, U.S. Forest Service
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ellen Mecray, Regional Climate Services Director, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Heather Stirratt, Great Lakes Regional Coordinator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Norman Willard, Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Administration
Tribes John Daigle, Penobscot Indian Nation; University of Maine
Landscape Conservation Cooperatives Jean Brennan, Coordinator Appalachian LCC, Virginia Tech Conservation Management Institute Glen Salmon, Coordinator Eastern Tallgrass Prairie & Big Rivers LCC, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Andrew Milliken, Coordinator North Atlantic LCC, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service John D. Rogner, Coordinator Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
State Fish & Wildlife Associations/Agencies Katherine DonCarlos, Deputy Director Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife John O'Leary, State Wildlife Action Plan Coordinator, Massachusetts Division of Fish & Wildlife Marc Gaden, Communications Director and Legislative Liaison, Great Lakes Fisheries Commission (ex officio member)