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 RIVERS:Secretary Salazar to Establish National Blueways Initiative
Announcement of First National Blueway Planned in Hartford
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HARTFORD, CT. – On Thursday, May 24, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will travel to Hartford to join federal, state, and local leaders and members of the conservation community to announce the National Blueways Initiative. Secretary Salazar will also name the Connecticut River Watershed as the nation's first National Blueway. The event is open to the public.
The event is part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Rivers Initiative to establish a community-driven conservation and recreation agenda for the 21st century. Thursday's designation will recognize the collaborative leadership of more than 40 partner organizations under the umbrella of the Friends of the Silvio O. Conte Refuge and the cumulative successes of the Connecticut River Watershed Council, states, and many other partners. The sustained, landscape-level efforts by public and private partners to conserve and restore the river and watershed for wildlife, people, and outdoor recreation provide an exemplary model for future National Blueways.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Senator
John Larson, U.S. Congressman
Terrence “Rock” Salt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Civil Works
Wendi Weber, Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Patrick Comins, Chairman, Friends of the Silvio O. Conte Refuge
Signing ceremony to establish the National Blueways Initiative and name the first National Blueway.
Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 11:15 a.m ET
Riverside Park, 20 Leibert Road, Hartford, CT.
All credentialed media are invited to cover the event.