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.
Ministry of Environmental Protection and Physical Planning
Croatia is endowed with internationally recognized natural and cultural assets, though after regional conflicts in the early 1990s threatened their economy and security, many of their natural resources were at risk and were not centrally managed. Since 2000, Croatia has, for the first time, a Ministry of Environmental Protection and Physical Planning with a Nature Conservation Division that has responsibility for protected areas. DOI-ITAP and the Croatian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Physical Planning cooperated on the management of protected areas and the training of their growing professional staff of park managers. A practical training program focused on parks interpretation, education and management was designed in Plitvice and Paklenica National Parks by DOI-ITAP. The program implemented critically needed park programs and provided job skills training and temporary employment to 20 interns of diverse ethnicity from war-affected regions. DOI-ITAP continued its work at three additional parks: Mjlet National Park, Krka National Park, and Lonjsko Polje Nature Reserve. Critical equipment and supplies were also provided to the parks, including audio-visual technology for visitor centers, telescopes, microscopes, binoculars, and natural history field guides. Permanent employment was offered to several interns at the parks.
Georgia - Active
Protected Areas Development
DOI-ITAP has established a long-term working relationship with the Republic of Georgia to foster a national system of protected areas in Georgia. The working relationship was formalized in a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 1999 which created a general technical assistance program and a specific sister park relationship.
With funding from USAID/Georgia, DOI-ITAP provides broad technical assistance at the headquarters level on establishing a national training center and a national training program focused on issues of park system management, administration, and personnel management. DOI-ITAP also provides field-level technical assistance and training.