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.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Secretary Jewell to Make Major Announcement Advancing Youth & Conservation Initiative
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 8, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. and the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the FDR Memorial in Washington, D.C. to make a major announcement regarding an initiative to better connect the next generation to America's great outdoors.
In October, Jewell delivered a speech at the National Press Club outlining her conservation vision for the country, which includes an ambitious initiative to engage the next generation through education, employment and volunteer opportunities on public lands.
On Wednesday, Jewell and American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. will announce an unprecedented private sector commitment that will help put young people and veterans to work on public lands and build a bold, new 21st Century Conservation Service Corps. Youth engagement has been a signature part of President Obama's conservation agenda, and Wednesday's announcement builds upon the ongoing partnership with USDA and other members of the federal family through the 21CSC.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and the Environment & 21st Century CSC Steering Committee Co-Chair Helga Ying, Vice President of External Engagement and Social Responsibility, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. Bob Vogel, National Mall & Memorial Parks Superintendent LaShauntya Moore, Earth Conservation Corps, Youth Program Coordinator
Announcement regarding Youth Initiative
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
10:45 a.m. EST – Media Check-In//Press Parking is Available on W. Basin Drive
11:00 a.m. EST – Press Conference
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
1850 West Basin Dr SW
Washington, D.C. 20242
Credentialed members of the media who wish to attend this event are encouraged to RSVP here no later than 5:00 PM EST on Tuesday, January 7.