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.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
AMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS: Secretary Salazar to Visit Mount Rainier National Park
Will Highlight Ongoing Efforts to Boost Tourism and Expand Outdoor Recreational Opportunities
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LONGMIRE, WA – As part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative, on Tuesday, August 14, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will visit Mount Rainier National Park and will meet with community and business leaders to discuss the importance of tourism and outdoor recreation on the local community. Following the meeting, Salazar will hold a brief media availability with credentialed media.
Mount Rainier National Park attracts nearly 1.2 million visitors each year. The National Park Service estimates that the Park contributes more than $35 million annually to the local economy and supports nearly 500 jobs.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Mount Rainier Community & Business Leaders
Discussion on Tourism and Outdoor Recreation & Media Availability