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.
Salazar to Dedicate New High-Tech Visitor Center at Boston's Historic Faneuil Hall
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BOSTON – On Friday, May 25, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and other dignitaries to dedicate the new visitor center at Faneuil Hall, the site of events important to American history including the American Revolution and the Abolitionist Movement.
Boston National Historical Park already attracts more than 3 million visitors a year and supports more than 1,200 jobs in the local community. The new visitor center is expected to help increase visitor numbers and improve visitors' experiences.
The new enhanced facility - a collaboration between the city of Boston and the National Park Service - includes interactive exhibits, an audio visual orientation program, handicapped-accessible public restrooms, and a bookstore. The space is comprised of 7,400 square feet for visitor services and community meeting space.
Later on Friday, Salazar will join U.S. Representative Niki Tsongas for a tour of the Lowell National Historical Park where he will see first-hand how the Park has helped spur economic revitalization throughout the city of Lowell.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Thomas M. Menino, Boston Mayor
Senator Scott Brown
Congressman Michael Capuano
Cassius Cash, Superintendent, Boston National Historical Park
Dedication of New Faneuil Hall Visitor Center
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 11:30 AM EDT
Boston's Visitor Center, Market Level of Historic Faneuil Hall