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 Attends Main Interior Building's Renaming Ceremony
Jonah Udall and Senator Tom Udall read the Stewart Lee Udall Interior Building Plague at the building's dedication ceremony on September 21st. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior, Robert Stanton, giving opening remarks at the Udall ceremony. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Senators Jeff Bingaman and Mark Udall pictured with Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Senator Tom Udall. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Former Wyoming Senator, Alan Simpson gives his remarks at the Stewart Lee Udall Interior Building dedication ceremony. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Senator Mark Udall gives his remarks at the Stewart Lee Udall dedication ceremony. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Senator Jeff Bingaman gives his remarks at the Stewart Lee Udall dedication ceremony. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, speaking at the Stewart Lee Udall Interior Building dedication ceremony. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Denis and Jonah Udall on stage as Jonah performs "Where the Mountains Meet the Sea,"written by Denis Udall. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Udall family unveil the Stewart Lee Udall Interior building plaque. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar reading the Udall plague. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Senator Tom Udall gives his closing remarks. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
The Udall family and audience members perform "This Land is Your Land." Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar honored the life and legacy of Stewart Lee Udall the main Interior building's dedication ceremony. Commemorating the legislation signed by President Barack Obama on June 8, 2010 designating the Department of the Interior Building as the “Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building,” the event was widely attended by family and friends of the Udall family.