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.
Interior to Release First Regional Study in National Assessment of Carbon Storage in U.S. Lands
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WASHINGTON–The Department of the Interior will hold a press conference on Monday, December 5, at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting in California to unveil the first regional study in a national assessment of how much carbon may be stored in U.S. ecosystems. Published by Interior's U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the study examines the distribution of carbon storage in the Great Plains region.
Reporters not able to attend in person can join the press conference via conference call. Please note that the previously-scheduled webcast is canceled.
The USGS report is online at http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/1787/. Interior, USGS and AGU request that media embargo their news stories until the press conference.
Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes (via phone bridge)
USGS Director Marcia McNutt
USGS Physical Scientist Zhiliang Zhu
Monday, December 5, 2011 at 4:00 pm PST (7:00 pm EST)
Moscone Convention Center
747 Howard Street
Press Conference Room 3000
San Francisco, CA 94103
Reporters wishing to cover remotely may call 1-888-481-3032; Code: 115139