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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 Point Arena Stornetta Public Lands
Secretary Sally Jewell and Dave Sutton with the Trust for Public Lands discuss the Point Arena Stornetta area. Photo: US Department of the Interior
Secretary Jewell listens during the public discussion part of the trip. Photo: US Department of the Interior
Secretary Sally Jewell, US Representative Jared Huffman, Bureau of Land Management Prinicipal Deputy Director Neil Kornze gather with other visitors to the Point Arena Stornetta Public Lands. Photo: US Department of the Interior
Secretary Jewell and other visitors hike around the Point Arena Stornetta Public Lands area. Photo: US Department of the Interior
“Today I had a chance to hike this spectacular coastline and to see first-hand how important this area is for the community– from tourism to outdoor recreation,” said Jewell. “And this afternoon I heard from a community who is proud of their incredible landscapes and proud of the work they've done over the years." Photo: US Department of the Interior
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell hosted a public listening session in Point Arena, California in the Stornetta Public Lands area to hear from the community about their vision to conserve a scenic and significant area of coastal public lands in Mendocino County. Secretary Jewell was joined by Congressman Jared Huffman and the Bureau of Land Management Principal Deputy Director Neil Kornze.