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 Celebrate Historic U.S.-Mexico Water Agreement Signing
Media Availability and Teleconference Call
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CORONADO, Calif.—On Tuesday, November 20, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor, officials from the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) and leadership from the seven Colorado River Basin States' water organizations to celebrate the signing of Minute 319, a five-year agreement between the United States and Mexico designed to jointly address challenges in the Colorado River Basin.
The signing builds on Secretary Salazar's visit to Mexico City in December 2010, which resulted in the completion of the ‘Minute 318' water agreement and discussions between the United States and Mexico on a comprehensive long-term strategy regarding the management of the Colorado River.
Ken Salazar, U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary
Michael L. Connor, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner
Edward Drusina, IBWC U.S. Commissioner
Roberto F. Salmon, IBWC Mexican Commissioner
Representatives, Colorado River Basin States' water organizations
Media Availability/Teleconference on Minute 319 Signing (Media unavailable to attend may call-in with the below information)
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
1:00 p.m. PDT // 4:00 p.m. EDT – Signing Ceremony
2:30 p.m. PDT // 5:30 p.m. EDT – Media Availability/Teleconference
Hotel Del Coronado
1500 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118
Media are invited to join the teleconference by dialing 1-888-995-9855 and providing the access code STANLEY.