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.
America's Great Outdoors: Secretary Salazar Addresses National Bike Summit
Secretary Salazar addresses the National Bike Summit. DOI Photo by Tami A. Heilemann
Secretary Salazar delivered the keynote addresses at the 2011 National Bike Summit. DOI Photo by Tami A. Heilemann
Secretary Salazar stands with Mike Van Abel, Executive Director of the International Mountain Bicycling Association. DOI Photo by Tami A. Heilemann
Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists, with Secretary Salazar. DOI Photo by Tami A. Heilemann
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar addresses the 2011 Bike Summit. DOI Photo by Tami A. Heilemann
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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar delivered the keynote at the 2011 National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. Hosted by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) with support from the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), the annual four-day summit attracts more than 800 cyclists who come together to promote bicycle-friendly legislation.
This year's theme, “Acting on a Simple Solution,” emphasizes the importance of reconnecting Americans to the great outdoors by improving access to our public lands, a key objective in President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative.