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.
Secretary Salazar to Keynote Copenhagen Climate Summit and Kick Off Department of the Interior Presentations
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On Thursday, December 10, 2009, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will deliver keynote remarks at the COP-15 Climate Negotiations Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark. Secretary Salazar's keynote address will also kick-off a series of presentations by top Department of the Interior officials including, Deputy Secretary David Hayes, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Tom Strickland, Director of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Marsha McNutt, Science Advisor to the Deputy Secretary Kit Batten, and USGS Senior Advisor for Global Change Programs Thomas Armstrong.
Secretary Salazar Keynote Address
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
The New Energy Future: The Role of Public Lands in Clean Energy Production and Carbon Capture
Thursday, December 10th at 12:45 PM (all times given are in Copenhagen local time, which is UTC/GMT+1)
US Center Meeting Room
All credentialed news organizations are invited to attend. Media availability immediately following keynote address.
Presentation: Carbon Cycle, Capture and Storage
Deputy Secretary David Hayes
Director of the United States Geological Survey Marsha McNutt
Science Advisor to the Deputy Secretary Kit Batten
The Department of the Interior manages 20% of the U.S. land mass and 1.7 billion acres on the Outer Continental Shelf. In the last 10 months, Secretary Salazar has moved to fast-track environmentally responsible, large scale solar energy projects in the Southwest and has built the first-ever U.S. framework for offshore wind development. Interior lands play a critical role in soaking up carbon from the atmosphere and, through its bureaus, the department is working on new geologic and biological carbon capture strategies. Interior has also developed a department-wide strategy to deal with the impacts that climate change on land, water and wildlife in the U.S., including in national parks, wildlife refuges, and coastal areas.