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.
Staff from the South Central Climate Science Center (SC CSC) recently attended two Tribal-related events. The events aimed to provide an opportunity for Tribes to gather and collaborate with environmental professionals from government agencies and other organizations.
Staff from both the North Central and South Central CSCs attended the National Tribal Forum (NTF) on Air Quality, hosted by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, held May 13-15 in Anacortes, WA. The NTF is a cooperative endeavor co-sponsored by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) and the National Tribal Air Association (NTAA). The purpose of the NTF is to provide environmental professionals from tribes, EPA, and other organizations an opportunity to meet and discuss current policies, regulatory initiatives, funding, and technical topics in air quality.
The SC CSC Sustainability Scientist and Tribal Liaison, April Taylor, presented at the 2014 Tribal Self-Governance Consultation Conference. This conference provides a forum and opportunity for Tribes to gather and communicate collective concerns and experiences, share in strategies, forge new relationships, and work to improve tomorrow for the next seven generations. The Self Governance Communication & Education Tribal Consortium (SGCETC), Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Indian Health Service (IHS) hosted this year's event on May 4-8 in Arlington, VA. The conference theme was “Self Governance – Nations with Choices and Voices”. April's presentation was titled, "Climate Change Science and Impacts to Tribes."