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.
DOINews: Mount Rainier National Park: Secretary Salazar Visits Park Staff
Secretary Ken Salazar joins more than 70 Mount Rainier National Park employees and volunteers for a group photo on August 14, 2012. While at Mount Rainier, Salazar shared words of encouragement and support with park staff, who lost five co-workers this year. Photo by Chris Roundtree, NPS.
On Tuesday, August 14, Secretary Ken Salazar visited Mount Rainier National Park staff and shared words of encouragement and support in light of this year's loss of five co-workers – park ranger Margaret Anderson and climbing ranger Nick Hall through line-of-duty deaths, and custodial worker Roy Watters, engineering equipment operator Doug Chappell and seasonal trails laborer Ted Cox from illnesses or off-duty accidents.
Salazar spoke on the importance of public service and the nobility of the mission carried out by National Park Service employees and volunteers on behalf of the nation.
Following the employee meeting, Salazar met with approximately 25 local tourism and community leaders and other park partners to discuss the economic benefits of national parks and the importance of local partnerships.
Salazar took time for a photo op with the 70-plus employees and volunteers, with Mount Rainier shining in the distance.
By: Donna Rahier, Mount Rainier National Park, NPS; and Randy King, Mount Rainier National Park, NPS