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.
Deputy Secretary Hayes to Keynote National Congress of American Indians Conference in Lincoln
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LINCOLN, NE — On Monday, June 18, 2012, Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes will deliver keynote remarks at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Mid-Year Conference in Lincoln. In his remarks, Hayes will highlight progress being made by the Obama Administration to restore integrity in U.S. government relations with American Indian and Alaska Native leaders, as well as point to current and future efforts underway to help build stronger, safer and more prosperous tribal communities.
Following his remarks, Deputy Secretary Hayes will be joined by Interior's Acting Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs Del Laverdure for a question and answer session. On Tuesday, June 19, Interior's Solicitor Hilary C. Tompkins will also address the conference.
David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior
Acting Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Del Laverdure
Interior Solicitor Hilary C. Tompkins
National Congress of American Indians Mid-Year Conference
Monday, June 18, 2012 @ 9:45 AM CDT
Cornhusker Hotel (Marriott)
333 S 13th St.
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
Credentialed news media are invited to cover the event.