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.
U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
9/20/2011 – President Barack Obama at the launch of the Open Government Partnership in New York for the United Nations 66th General Assembly, where he announced that the U.S. was committed to implementing the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).
As part of the U.S. National Action Plan for the Open Government Partnership, the U.S. is committing to implementing EITI, which requires governments to publicly disclose their revenues from oil, gas, and mining assets, and for companies to make parallel disclosures regarding payments. By signing onto the global standard that EITI sets, the U.S. Government can help ensure that American taxpayers are receiving every dollar due for the extraction of these valuable public resources.
The National Action Plan states, "The Administration has already made important strides in reforming the management of our natural resources….Signing onto the EITI initiative will further these objectives by creating additional 'sunshine' for the process of collecting revenues from natural resource extraction….and enhancing the accountability and transparency of our revenue collection efforts."
White House BLOG - Sunshine Week: In Celebration of Transparency (March 14, 2013)
Press Release - U.S. Department of the Interior Hosts First Meeting of the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Multi-Stakeholder Group (February 14, 2013)
DOI News: USEITI Advisory Committee First Meeting (1/29/13)
Secretary Salazar Appoints Members to the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Committee (12/21/12)