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.
Climate and land cover change alter important physical processes, such as temperature, precipitation, streamflow, and sea-level. Changes in these processes affect terrestrial and aquatic organisms that provide important ecological services to society. The potentially large consequences of these changes highlight the need to develop effective conservation strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate and landscape change.
The Southeast CSC provides scientifically valid information and tools that can be used to adapt resource management to changing environmental conditions; and applies these tools to produce local and regional assessments that are widely used by policy makers, resource managers, and the public.
The science plan identifies six science themes that frame the activities needed to achieve the objectives of the Southeast CSC:
Theme 1: Climate and Other Appropriate Projections to Use for Resource Management Theme 2: Land Use and Land-Cover Change Projections Theme 3: Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources Theme 4: Ecological Research and Modeling Theme 5: Coastal and Nearshore Marine Environments Theme 6: Impacts of Climate Change on Cultural-Heritage Resources
The Southeast CSC receives advice and guidance from a Stakeholder Advisory Committee and also periodically receives guidance from a panel of technical reviewers that assist with independent scientific review of projects comprising the SE CSC research program.