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: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe Honored with Diversity Journal's 2013 CEO Leadership in Action Award for Diversity
The Diversity Journal begins its Leadership in Action awards section on page 14; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe's one-page profile appears in that section on page 20.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe has been selected by Diversity Journal to receive the 2013 CEO Leadership in Action Award. The award recognizes CEOs throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe who provide outstanding leadership and support for their organization's diversity and inclusion principles and initiatives. Ashe was selected for demonstrating his personal commitment to and support of diversity and inclusion initiatives designed to drive organizational change across the Fish and Wildlife Service. Director Ashe is the only federal government leader among the awardees.
Nominations were received from throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the only government agency selected from the pool of nominees.
Submitted by: Noemi Perez, deputy chief of Communications, USFWS