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: Secretary Salazar to Mark Major Milestone in Restoration of Maine's Penobscot River
Will also visit L.L. Bean Flagship store to make announcement on outdoor education funding with National Park Foundation
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On Monday, June 11, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will participate in a ceremony to begin removal of the Great Works Dam on the Penobscot River in Maine – a major step toward enabling the river to flow freely from Old Town to the Gulf of Maine for the first time in generations.
The Penobscot River Restoration Project is a landscape-level conservation effort that will return endangered Atlantic salmon to their historic spawning ground, support hydropower production, and restore a Tribal Nation's connection to their cultural heritage. The project is one of 50 river projects from across the nation highlighted by Salazar as a model for community-driven river restoration.
In the afternoon, Salazar will hold a press conference at the L.L. Bean Flagship Store in Freeport, Maine. Along with the National Park Foundation, the official non-profit of America's national parks, and L.L. Bean, Salazar will provide an update on the year-long Million Moment Mission. A celebration of the company's 100-year anniversary, L.L. Bean has committed $1 million to the National Park Foundation's “America's Best Idea” program in support of efforts to increase children's opportunities to spend time outdoors.
EVENT #1: PENOBSCOT RIVER RESTORATION
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior Eric Schwaab, Acting Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Management / Acting Deputy Administrator, NOAA Pat Keiher, Commissioner, Maine Department of Marine Resources Chief Kirk Francis, Penobscot Indian Nation
Commemoration Ceremony for the removal of the Great Works Dam, including removal of a portion of the dam