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 Break Ground on World's Largest Solar Power Facility
Marks Major Milestone in Nation's New Energy Frontier
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BLYTHE, CA — On Friday, June 17, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. will join local officials and representatives from Solar Trust of America to celebrate the official groundbreaking for the Blythe Solar Power Project, the world's largest solar power facility to be built on public lands. Located eight miles west of Blythe in Riverside County, California, the 1,000 MW project will generate enough electricity to power 300,000-750,000 homes upon completion.
Expected to create over 1,000 jobs during peak construction and close to 300 permanent jobs when fully operational, the Blythe Solar Power Project marks a major milestone in the nation's march toward a renewable energy economy.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Governor of California
Bob Abbey, Director, Bureau of Land Management
John Laird, California Secretary of Natural Resources
Joseph DeConinck, Mayor of Blythe
Uwe T. Schmidt, Solar Trust CEO
Christoph Wolff, CEO of Solar Millennium AG
Blythe Solar Power Project Groundbreaking Ceremony