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, Governors Kulongoski and Schwarzenegger Announce Agreement on Klamath River Basin Restoration
Secretary Salazar announced the framework for the Klamath restoration agreement in Oregon's Capitol Rotunda. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
“The Agreements provide a path forward to meet the needs of local communities, tribes, farmers, fishermen and other stakeholders while restoring a beautiful river and its historic salmon runs,” Secretary Salazar said. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Secretary Salazar shakes hands with California Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Secretary signs the agreement framework as Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger look on. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Secretary Salazar and Governors Kulongoski and Schwarzenegger received gifts from local tribes to mark the occasion. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Secretary Salazar looks at a map of the Klamath River Basin. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, Secretary Salazar, and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar joined Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, PacificCorp Chief Executive Officer Greg Abel and the chairmen of the Klamath, Yurok and Karuk Tribes in the Oregon Capitol Rotunda to announce final agreements that could potentially lead to removal of four dams on the Klamath River and the largest river restoration project in our nation's history. The potential removal of the dams is a key piece of a major restoration effort for the Klamath developed by more than 30 diverse stakeholders, including California and Oregon, three tribes, PacifiCorp, water users and conservation groups.