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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.
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Secretary Jewell to Visit Everglades Restoration as Part of Administration's Commitment to Landscape-Level Conservation
Last edited 4/27/2016
ORLANDO, Fla. - As part of the Obama Administration's sustained commitment to restoring and protecting the Everglades, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will travel to Florida this week to mark progress, to tour restoration efforts, and to meet with key stakeholders in the region. This will be Jewell's second official visit to the Everglades since being sworn in as Secretary less than one year ago.
On Thursday, Jewell will visit the Durando Ranch in Okeechobee to meet with ranchers and private landowners to discuss next steps for the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area. Based on a landscape-scale approach, the refuge was established in January 2012 to conserve and restore habitat needed for the survival of more than 200 imperiled fish, wildlife and plants, while preserving the traditional way of life for ranchers in the region.
Jewell will also have an opportunity to tour the Kissimmee River Restoration Project in Lorida, Fla., which is a collaborative effort to restore 40 square miles of river-floodplain ecosystem and 20,000 acres of wetlands that will have major benefits for Florida's environment and economy. The Everglades, which receives water from the Kissimmee River Valley, will benefit from the conservation and restoration of its headwaters with enhanced water quality, quantity and storage.
Jewell's visit builds on her October speech at the National Press Club outlining her vision for conservation in which she underscored the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund for collaborative, landscape-level conservation and leveraging public-private partnerships.
WHO: Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Lefty Durando, Owner, Durando Ranch
Ranchers and private landowners
Ranch tour and media availability
43195 Highway 441 North
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Thursday, January 9
10:00 a.m. EST - Media check-in
10:30 a.m. EST - Tour of Durando Ranch & Media Availability
Due to limited seats available on the tour, credentialed members of the media who
wish to attend this event are required to RSVP here no later than 8:00 PM EST on Wednesday, January 8. Additional logistical information will be provided to confirmed members of the media.
WHO: Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Keynote remarks at the 29th Annual Everglades Coalition Conference