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 Visit Texas, Tour World's Largest Inland Desalination Plant and Showcase Successful Water Projects in El Paso
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EL PASO, TX.– On Wednesday, Jan. 4th , Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor will join Representative Silvestre Reyes for a tour of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Desalination Plant, the world's largest inland desalination plant which produces 27.5 million gallons of fresh water on a daily basis. Following the tour, Salazar and attendees will meet with irrigation stakeholders to hear how the Federal government can better support successful water conservation, supply, and delivery efforts across the state.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Silvestre Reyes, Congressman (TX-16th)
Michael Connor, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation
Desalination Plant Tour & Irrigation Stakeholder Meeting