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.
AMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS: Interior, Agriculture, Army Corps to Make Connecticut River National Blueway Announcement
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HARTFORD, CT – On Saturday, September 29, 2012, Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes will join federal, state and local officials to announce a major collaboration between the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to support the 7.2 million acre Connecticut River and Watershed National Blueway.
The announcement comes on National Public Lands Day, the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States. Prior to the announcement, local residents will participate in the Connecticut River Watershed Council's 16th annual “Source to Sea” cleanup of the rivers, streams and banks along the Connecticut River system.
David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior
Terrence “Rock” Salt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Civil Works
Wendi Weber, Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Christine Clarke, State Conservationist, NRCS – MA
Thomas Wagner, Forest Supervisor, White Mountain National Forest
Andrew Fisk, Executive Director, Connecticut River Watershed Council
Daniel Esty, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection