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 Dedicate National Conservation Areas in Southern Utah
Celebration will help Kick-Off National Tourism Week
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On Monday, May 7, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey will host a dedication ceremony for the Red Cliffs and Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Areas – welcoming members of the public as well as state, local and tribal officials to highlight the economic benefits of outdoor recreation and locally-supported conservation initiatives for communities in southern Utah.
The new national conservation areas, which were designated by Congress in 2009, are part of BLM's National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS), which contains approximately 27 million acres of the West's most spectacular landscapes. The ceremony program will also feature a performance by the Shivwitz Band of Paiute youth dancers and a blessing from an Elder from the Shivwitz Band of Paiute.
The event is free and will be open to the public. The ceremony will take place at the Tuacahn Amphitheater in Ivins, Utah, with the stunning Red Mountain Wilderness as a backdrop.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
BLM Director Bob Abbey
State, Local and Tribal Officials
Dedication ceremony for Red Cliffs and Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Areas as part of the NLCS