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.
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, Interior Secretary Salazar, and FEMA Administrator Fugate to Host Media Conference Call to Discuss Wildland Fire Season Outlook
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WASHINGTON - Tomorrow, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will host a media conference call to outline the federal government's readiness for the wildland fire season to ensure protection for communities and restoration of forests and grasslands across the country. The Secretaries, joined by FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and the National Interagency Fire Center's Ed Delgado, will describe federal capability to respond to wildfires that are becoming more complex, particularly in areas where urban populations are situated near forested areas.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture
Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator
Tom Tidwell, Forest Service Chief
Ed Delgado, National Interagency Fire Center
Media Teleconference to outline the federal government's readiness for the 2012 wildland fire season.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
1:00 p.m. EDT
Members of the news media are invited to call into 888-469-1348
Passcode: USDA (Given Verbally)
Trouble number: 202-720-8560
All callers using the above passcode will be placed in listen only mode. To join the Q&A portion of the meeting, these callers are instructed to press *1 on their touch tone phone.