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.
FRIDAY: Secretary Jewell to Announce Major Milestone for Early Restoration Projects in Louisiana
Projects Part of Landscape-Level Restoration Efforts along Gulf Coast Region
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NEW ORLEANS, LA — Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will be in New Orleans on Friday to announce another milestone toward the restoration of the Gulf coast region following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. At 9am CST, Jewell will join local, federal and state officials to announce the third and largest phase of early restoration projects along the Gulf Coast as proposed by the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees.
Jewell will also highlight ongoing interagency work to restore the region's natural resources and underscore how Gulf Coast resilience is an important part of the President's Climate Action Plan, which includes key measures to restore natural features along shorelines that help better protect communities from future storms.
WHO: Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Cindy Dohner, Southeast Regional Director, US Fish and Wildlife Service & Authorized Official, U.S. Department of Interior Lance Hatten, Superintendent, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve Garrett Graves, Chair, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana
Announcement of Gulf Coast Restoration Milestone
Friday, December 6, 2013
8:45 a.m. CST – Media Check-In
9:00 a.m. CST – Press Conference
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
Environmental Education Center & Amphitheatre
6588 Barataria Boulevard
Marrero, LA 70072
Media interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP here by 5:00 p.m. CST on Thursday, December 5.