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: Salazar, Durbin to Announce Conservation and Restoration Projects at Millennium Reserve
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CHICAGO, Ill. — On Thursday, August 16, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and local leaders in Chicago to announce new partnerships and commitments to the Millennium Reserve, as well as a suite of projects to implement President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative in the Calumet Region.
Later in the day, Secretary Salazar and Senator Durbin will travel to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to tour the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education.
Salazar is in Illinois as part of a four-state swing through the Midwest to highlight America's Great Outdoors initiatives that enhance conservation efforts, foster outdoor recreation opportunities, create jobs, and fuel local economies.
Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Dick Durbin, U.S. Senator
Cameron Davis, Senior Advisor to the U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson
Marc Miller, Director of Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Arnold Randall, General Superintendent of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County
Chicago Area Conservation Organizations
Press Conference to Announce Millennium Reserve Projects