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.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The wetlands of eastern Washington’s Columbia Plateau provide critical habitat for a range of fish and wildlife species. Wetlands here and elsewhere serve important landscape functions such as storing carbon, preventing flooding, and keeping excess sediment and nutrients from flowing into other water bodies. Because of the crucial role of wetlands, understanding the impacts of climate change on wetland dynamics is essential.
Each summer the Northwest Climate Science Center hosts a weeklong Climate Boot Camp. The Boot Camp invites early career climate professionals from the Northwest and across the country get together to expand their knowledge and skills.
Aspen groves serve as important ecological hotspots in the Rocky Mountains. Scientists affiliated with the Northwest Climate Science Center are studying how projected climate change impacts like increased drought and fire will affect these trees.
The Doctoral Residency in Science Communication is a 12-month doctoral fellowship sponsored by the Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) and the University of Idaho College of Natural Resources' McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS). During this residency, the Fellow will live and work at the McCall Field Campus and undertake an immersive program in climate-related science communication through guided study and mentored practice with a cohort of other graduate students.
Currently the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is revising its regional resource management plans for five districts in Oregon including Medford, Coos Bay, Roseburg, Salem and Eugene. Resource management plans outline how the bureau will protect areas of critical concern, including habitat for threatened and endangered species, while also supporting recreation, mining and grazing on public lands.
Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Climate Change, Blog Post
The Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) recognizes that preparing for climate-related environmental change requires a collective effort. In a broad sense, our fifth year was marked by an emphasis on forming new collaborations and strengthening existing ones.
Through this solicitation, the NW CSC is seeking innovative projects to help us assess which ecosystem components and ecological processes are most vulnerable to pronounced water deficiencies and to test or demonstrate new methods or technologies intended to lessen or adapt to the ecological impacts of drought.
U.S. Geological Survey, Climate Change, Science, External News
Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) University of Idaho Graduate Fellow, Ryan Neimeyer, used his science communication training from Climate Boot Camp 2015 to create a video about drought in the Northwest. This year, USGS communications specialist, Ryan McClymont, provided basic training in videography and editing to all Climate Boot Camp participants, enabling them to communicate their science visually using commonly available tools like smart phones and iMovie. Neimeyer took this training and ran with it, creating the first video to date about NW CSC's fifth annual Climate Boot Camp.
U.S. Geological Survey, Climate Change, Science, External News
In recent years, wildfires have burned trees and homes to the ground across many states in the western U.S., but the ground itself has not gotten away unscathed. Wildfires, which are on the rise throughout the west as a result of prolonged drought and climate change, can alter soil properties and make it more vulnerable to erosion. A new study shows that the increase in wildfires may double soil erosion in some western U.S. states by 2050, and all that dirt ends up in streams, clogging creeks and degrading water quality.
Wildfires in the American West are becoming more frequent due to global warming. This spells change for familar Northwest forests and plains on both sides of the Cascades. Scientists at the Conservation Biology Institute funded by the Northwest Climate Science Center have modeled projected vegetation changes under different emissions and management scenarios to give us the best available picture of what we can expect in the decades to come.
A workshop on climate science, developed at the University of Washington and delivered for five years to scientists in this region, will become the framework for a new national workshop for early-career tribal members from across the country.
Scientists funded by the Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) have written a chapter titled “Using a dynamic global vegetation model to help inform management decisions” for a recently published book about the MC1 dynamic global vegetation model.