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.
Secretary Salazar, BOEM Director Beaudreau to Wrap-Up Brazil Trip with National Media Call
Last edited 4/27/2016
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will conclude his trip to Brazil with a national media call to discuss his visit – focused on promoting key strategic partnerships, energy development and open government as part of President Obama's efforts to create jobs, enhance offshore energy safety and make government more transparent and effective.
On the trip, Secretary Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy Beaudreau held meetings with Brazilian government leaders, Petrobras CEO Gracas Foster, and representatives of U.S. energy companies to discuss best practices for offshore drilling safety and deepwater well containment, as well as opportunities to enhance strategic partnerships on safe and responsible energy development. The meetings build off last year's Ministerial Forum on Offshore Drilling Containment hosted by Secretary Salazar at the Department of the Interior in which ministers and senior officials from 12 countries and the European Union, including Brazil, shared best practices. They also build on workshops and meetings that Interior agencies have hosted with their Brazilian counterparts in recent months.
Earlier today, Secretary Salazar hosted a travel and tourism roundtable in Brasília where he heard from local business leaders including Betty Abrahão, President of Absoluta Turismo, Miguel Vives from Disney Brasil, and Périco Mello of Hotéis Meliá, on efforts to boost tourism in the United States. Brazil is the fourth largest source for international travelers to the United States, with spending by Brazilian visitors reaching over $4.5 billion in 2009. Efforts to streamline Brazilian access to the United States, such as the opening of two new consulates in Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre, will help increase the ability of Brazilians to experience America's most amazing places including America's national parks, wildlife refuges, and public lands.
Prior to today's media call, Salazar will join Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Meeting, an international forum in which representatives from 50 nations will discuss progress towards making government more open, effective, and accountable.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Tommy Beaudreau, Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Media Call with Secretary Salazar and BOEM Director Beaudreau