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.
The Native Hawaiian Federal Interagency Working Group was established with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in February 2011. The Working Group's stated purposes are to:
Establish a process to assist federal agencies with the identification of impediments to meaningful, regular, and appropriate consultation with Native Hawaiian Organizations as required by law, regulation, and policy; and develop information and recommendations to assist federal agencies with their consultation with Native Hawaiian Organizations.
Assist federal agencies with their compliance activities associated with the administration of federal programs that directly and/or uniquely affect the Native Hawaiian community.
Current members of the Working Group are the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment (DUSD (I&E)) within the Department of Defense, and the Office of Native Hawaiian Relations which has the lead in organizing the Working Group. Additional federal agencies may join the Working Group by signing the MOU.