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 Host Travel & Tourism Town Hall at San Diego Zoo
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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Tomorrow afternoon, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will host a travel and tourism town hall at the San Diego Zoo to highlight California as a top tourist destination for outdoor recreation in the West. Home to over 4,000 rare and endangered animals, the San Diego zoo welcomes 3.5 million visitors each year. Combined with the 35 million visitors to California's national park sites in 2011, the state has plenty of attractions and activities to offer tourists who are planning their next vacation.
The travel and tourism town hall comes as part of the Obama administration's initiative – launched in January to create a new national tourism strategy focused on creating jobs by becoming even more welcoming to guests from here at home and from all over the globe. As part of this initiative, Secretary Salazar and Secretary of Commerce John Bryson are working to develop recommendations for a National Travel and Tourism Strategy to promote domestic and international travel opportunities throughout the United States.
Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Susan Davis, U.S. Congresswoman
Rick Gulley, President, San Diego Zoo Global
Travel & Tourism Media Availability
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, CA 92112-0551 *meet-up location for media will be at the Zoo's Warner building
Media interested in attending, please RSVP to the San Diego Zoo at 619-685-3291.