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.
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.
To address concerns regarding mineral leasing and development activity adjacent to Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael L. Connor today announced the U.S. Department of the Interior will expand the resource management planning effort underway in the Farmington, New Mexico area.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California, Office of the Secretary, History, Media Advisory
Secretary Jewell will join Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav to discuss collaborative efforts by the public and private sectors to slow the growing worldwide scourge that is threatening to wipe out entire species and push others to the brink of extinction.
Bureau of Land Management, Oregon, Office of the Secretary, America's Great Outdoors, Press Release
The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is the first monument established primarily for the preservation of biodiversity. The presidential proclamation that originally established the monument describes the area as an ‘ecological wonder’ that is ‘home to a spectacular variety of rare and beautiful species of plants and animals, whose survival in this region depends upon its continued ecological integrity.’ Senator Merkley’s proposal to expand the monument would protect approximately 50,000 additional acres, largely in Oregon, with 5,000 acres in California.
Bureau of Reclamation, District of Columbia, Office of the Secretary, Conservation, Media Advisory
The panel, titled “Assessing the Condition of America’s Dams and Rivers,” will also include Taxpayers for Common Sense Vice President Steve Ellis, Patagonia President and CEO Rose Marcario and Executive Director of the Nez Perce Tribe Rebecca Miles. Center for American Progress Senior Fellow David Hayes will deliver opening remarks.
Bureau of Land Management, Oregon, Office of the Secretary, America's Great Outdoors, Media Advisory
The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is the first monument established solely for the preservation of biodiversity, in recognition of its spectacular variety of rare and beautiful species of plants and animals.
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, District of Columbia, Office of the Secretary, Press Release
The 500,000 acre goal was surpassed Friday when President Obama signed into law the bipartisan Nevada Native Nations Lands Act, which conveys more than 71,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service lands to the U.S. Department of the Interior to place into federal trust status for six Nevada tribes. The tribes will use their newly acquired lands to expand housing, provide economic development opportunities and promote cultural activities for and by their tribal members.