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 Detail Visit to North Dakota's Oil Fields; Announce Initiatives to Accelerate Drilling Permits and Leases
Last edited 4/27/2016
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will hold a press call to wrap-up his two-day trip to North Dakota and to announce new initiatives that will help expedite safe and responsible development of domestic energy resources on U.S. public lands in the Dakotas, Montana and states across the country. Salazar will be joined by Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey.
Salazar's visit to North Dakota came as part of a three-state swing to promote energy and tourism as economic engines. On Monday, Salazar was in Dickinson where he toured oil and gas development operations on federal mineral estate and met with federal employees. Earlier today, he was at the Fort Berthold Reservation where he met with the Three Affiliated Tribes to discuss the economic benefits of domestic energy production for American Indian communities.