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 Jewell Visits Crissy Field in San Francisco, California
Secretary Jewell introduces a Public-Private initiative to engage the next generation on public lands. Jewell addressed the crowd at Crissy Field. Photo: US Department of the Interior
Secretary Jewell was joined at Crissy Field by local youth conservation corp members. Photo: US Department of the Interior
Secretary Jewell shakes hands with conservation corp volunteers at Crissy Field. Photo: US Department of the Interior
After the announcement, Secretary Jewell participated in a service experience with young members of local conservation corps. Photo: US Department of the Interior
Secretary Jewell volunteers alongside local conservation corps members at Crissy Field in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Photo: US Department of the Interior
On November 7th Secretary Jewell announced a new initiative to engage the next generation through education, employment, and volunteer opportunities on public lands. She was joined by leaders in San Franciso's business, health, education, and conservation communities for the announcement and for a service project at Crissy Field in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.