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 to Announce Results of 39 Million Acre Offshore Central Gulf Lease Sale
Will tour efforts in Louisiana to repair and restore the Gulf
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NEW ORLEANS, LA — Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on Wednesday, June 20, will be in New Orleans to participate in the Central Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale.
Conducted by Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the lease sale will begin at 9:00 a.m. CDT at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, offering 7,434 Outer Continental Shelf tracts from three to more than 230 miles offshore Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. This is the first offshore lease sale in the Central Gulf since the Deepwater Horizon incident and is part of President Obama's goal of expanding safe and responsible domestic energy production. BOEM has received 593 bids submitted by 48 companies on 454 tracts.
At 12:00 p.m. CDT, Salazar will hold a news media teleconference to announce the results of the Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 216/222. Salazar will also discuss his tour of the Breton National Wildlife Refuge and Delta National Wildlife Refuge where early restoration projects are underway as part of efforts to repair and restore the Gulf after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
BOEM Director Tommy Beaudreau
BOEM Gulf of Mexico Region Director John Rodi
Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 216/222 and News Teleconference
Wednesday, June 20, 2011
9:00 a.m. CDT / 10:00 a.m. EDT Lease Sale Begins
9:30 a.m. CDT / 10:30 a.m. EDT Media Availability at Superdome