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 Delivers Keynote Address at the Colorado River Water Users Assocation's Annual Conference
Secretary Jewell delivered the keynote address at the CRWUA Annual Conference. Photo: Andrew Pernick
Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Anne Castle delivered remarks before the CRWUA conference. Photo: Andrew Pernick
Secretary Jewell spoke before a CRWUA panel. Photo: Andrew Pernick
Deputy Secretary Mike Connor met with Water Administrator Darryl Vigil. Photo: Andrew Pernick
On Friday, December 13, Secretary Jewell delivered keynote remarks at the 2013 Colorado River Water Users Association's (CRWUA) Annual Conference, highlighting Interior's vital role across the Colorado River Basin. Her remarks underscored the Department's commitment to supporting the efforts of the Basin States, Tribes, and other stakeholders to improve water management and operations of the Colorado River system during a period of historic drought in the basin.