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, Navajo President Shelly, Senators Bingaman and Udall to Break Ground Saturday on Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project
Historic Project Will Deliver Much-Needed Water and Jobs
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GALLUP, N.M. – On Saturday, June 2, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly will break ground on the long-awaited Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project in New Mexico. Eventually the project will provide a 280-mile-long pipeline, two water treatment plants and delivery systems that will bring water to more than 250,000 people and more than 43 Navajo chapters, portions of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, and the city of Gallup.
The initial stage of construction on the project that begins on Saturday will create upwards of 450 jobs, with more than 650 jobs at peak construction.
Secretary Salazar and President Shelly will be joined by a wide variety of other top tribal, state. Federal and local officials for the ceremony; a partial list follows.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly
Jicarilla Apache Nation President Levi Pesata
Navajo Nation Council Speaker Johnny Naize
Senator Jeff Bingaman
Senator Tom Udall
Mike Connor, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation
N.M. State Representative Patti Lundstrom
N.M. State Engineer Scott Verhines
City of Gallup Mayor Jackie McKinney
Program on construction site including plaque unveiling and ceremonial shovel-turning followed by lunch hosted by the Navajo Nation at the nearby Chee Dodge Elementary School
Saturday, June 2, 2012 @ 10:00 a.m. MDT.
Please allow time for media set-up, as the event will start promptly as scheduled due to tight schedules
10 miles north of Gallup, N.M. on Hwy 491 near the community of Twin Lakes