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.
Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, California, Office of the Secretary, Press Release
The proposed transfer would involve lands that were part of the Joshua Tree National Monument when it was originally designated in 1936. This transfer would provide contiguous management of important lands and resources in the Eagle Mountain area next to Joshua Tree National Park.
National Park Service, Alabama, Office of the Secretary, Diversity, Press Release
After touring sites in Anniston Thursday morning, Jewell and Jarvis attended a community meeting at Anniston’s First United Methodist Church. They then toured sites in Birmingham and attended a community meeting at Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church. Comments from the public at both sites were overwhelmingly in favor of including the sites in the National Park System.
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, New York, Office of the Secretary, New Energy Frontier, Press Release
To date, BOEM has awarded eleven commercial wind leases, including nine through the competitive lease sale process. These lease sales have generated more than $16 million in winning bids for more than a million acres in federal waters.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Delaware, Office of the Secretary, Climate Change, Media Advisory
In response to the storm, Interior invested more than $787 million to clean up and repair damaged public lands, restore and strengthen coastal marshes, wetlands and shoreline; and bolster local efforts to protect communities from future natural disasters.
National Park Service, Alabama, Office of the Secretary, Diversity, Media Advisory
Secretary Jewell and Director Jarvis will tour two sites including the former Greyhound bus station on Gurnee Avenue and the site of the firebombing of the Freedom Rider bus. They will also hear from members of the Freedom Riders Park Committee.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Press Release
The nation’s newest wildlife refuge joins the largest network of lands in the nation dedicated to wildlife conservation, with 565 other national wildlife refuges – at least one refuge in every state – and other protected areas covering more than 150 million acres.
National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, Office of the Secretary, Press Release
U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene and City of Kirkland Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold joined Secretary Jewell for the announcement, which was made at a first-of-its-kind campout on the Cross Kirkland Corridor near Google’s Kirkland Campus with 60 children from the greater Seattle area
National Park Service, Washington, Office of the Secretary, Youth, Media Advisory
Secretary Jewell will also be joined by U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene and City of Kirkland Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold at a Let’s Move! Outside event and campout on Google’s Kirkland Campus. The event is part of the Interior Department’s leadership of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Outside initiative, which aims to inspire millions of kids to play, learn, serve and work outdoors.
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Press Release
The Secretarial Order sets out a framework to ensure that Native communities have the opportunity to assume meaningful and substantive roles in managing public lands that have special geographical, historical and cultural connections to the tribes.
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Alaska, Office of the Secretary, Alaska Energy, Media Advisory
Through the work of the White House Council on Native American Affairs, chaired by Secretary Jewell, Cabinet agencies are working to improve overall federal interagency coordination and efficiency, promoting tribal-federal partnerships in education, health, energy and economic development and environmental conservation and adaptation.