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.
Greg Gollberg is currently the Northwest Knowledge Network's (NKN) Data Services Center Operations Manager at the University of Idaho (UI) in Moscow, Idaho. He has an undergraduate degree in Ecology and Conservation Biology and a Master's degree in Fire Ecology from UI.
In 2002, Greg and others proposed the Fire Research And Management Exchange System (FRAMES) and in 2003 the University of Idaho, along with US Forest Service and US Geological Survey launched FRAMES, a state-of-the-art clearinghouse and web portal to help bridge the gap between the wildland fire research and management communities. Greg was the program manager for FRAMES for 10 years. He recently resigned that position to manage NKN. NKN proposes to make research data more accessible, comprehensible, usable and secure for data providers and data users, and to facilitate data usage across the disciplines by promoting commonly accepted policies, standards, and protocols.
In addition to his enthusiasm for information management, Greg is also a passionate wildlands conservationist, an avid biblio- & audiophile, a musician of sorts, an accomplished cook as well as a lover of wine & spirits, a partner in life with his wife (Linda), keeps an eye on their cats (Maia and Jumoke), and is a defender of all critters great and small.