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.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to Host Media Conference Call on the 2013 Wildfire Season Forecast
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WASHINGTON – On Monday, May 13, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will host a media conference call to provide an outlook for the 2013 fire season and to outline the federal government's efforts to ensure collaboration in protecting Americans from wildfire. They will be joined by U.S. Fire Administrator Ernest Mitchell from FEMA's U.S Fire Administration and John Segar, Chairman of the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group at the National Interagency Fire Center.
This year, significant fire potential is predicted to be above normal in much of the West, including almost all of Arizona, New Mexico, California and Oregon; and portions of Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, and Washington. In 2012, 9.3 million acres of private, state, and federal land, and more than 4,400 structures burned in wildfires. That was the third highest number of acres burned since at least 1960, the earliest date with reliable records.
Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Ernest Mitchell, Administrator of FEMA's U.S. Fire Administration John Segar, Chairman of the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group at the National Interagency Fire Center
Media call to provide an outlook for the 2013 fire season
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 1:00 P.M. EDT
Audio Bridge Number: 888-455-0739
Trouble number – 202-720-8560
All callers using the above passcode will be placed in listen only mode. To join the Q&A portion of the meeting, these callers are instructed to press *1 on their touch tone phone.