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.
Pat Pourchot Chosen as Interior Special Assistant for Alaska Affairs
Last edited 4/25/2016
WASHINGTON, DC – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today announced the appointment of Pat Pourchot to be his Special Assistant for Alaska Affairs. Pourchot will be based in Anchorage.
“Pat's background with the Department of Interior, the State of Alaska Native organizations, and the environmental community make him uniquely qualified to represent the Department of the Interior in Alaska,” said Secretary Salazar. “I am pleased that Pat has agreed to join my team. His decades of experience are invaluable as we focus on Alaska issues including tackling future energy opportunities in Alaska and preserving our treasured landscapes.”
Pourchot's public career began with the Department of Interior in 1970. He spent seven years with the Department, beginning as an outdoor recreation planner and finishing with the Bureau of Land Management working on environmental issues surrounding the transport of Alaska oil to U.S. markets. He left the Department to work on Capitol Hill, where he helped fashion the Alaska Native Land Claims Act and worked on oil and gas, mining, forestry and environmental issues.
In 1981, Pourchot signed on as land manager for the Alaska Federation of Natives then worked as resource manager for one of the Alaska Native regional corporations. He served in leadership positions in both the Alaska House of Representatives and Alaska Senate. After leaving the legislature, Pourchot continued his career in public service as executive director for Commonwealth North directing public policy studies. Pat then went on to work for former Governor Tony Knowles as his legislative Director and then commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources where he was in charge of state oil and gas leasing, large mine developments, state parks, and state land and water management. Since 2005, Pourchot has been working with non-profits.
He leaves the position of Senior Policy Representative for Audubon Alaska to return to the Department of Interior.
Pat will work closely with Interior's senior management in Alaska, the Department's major Alaska constituents and Secretary of the Interior's D.C.-based Director of Alaska Affairs Kim Elton.