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.
As part of the Secretary's effort to explore the Smokies, she joined local park officials for a two-mile hike on the Chimney Tops Trail to see the progress of the restoration work. Photo: DOI
At the top of the trail, Secretary Jewell and Acting Superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Pedro Ramos discussed trail improvement, volunteer work, and partnership with the Trails Forever Program. Photo: DOI
At a meeting with local stakeholders, Secretary Jewell and Senator Alexander unveiled construction plans of the Joint Curatorial Collections Facility that will house more than 800,000 historical artifacts and archival records.
Speaking before regional stakeholders and local leaders, Secretary Jewell praised the value of the park. “The Smokies are a gem. The families that gave up their land many years ago to make this park really gave a gift to all Americans,” said Jewell. Photo: DOI
In a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains, Secretary Jewell and Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee joined regional stakeholders, local leaders and park officials for a discussion on the importance of public-private partnerships in conserving and honoring our country's shared history for future generations. Secretary Jewell and Senator Alexander recognized important community efforts that have benefitted the Park, and underscored the importance of these types of collaborations in preserving America's cultural heritage.