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.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Secretary Salazar Presents Milford Flat Fire Restoration Project in Utah with Partners in Conservation Award
Last edited 4/25/2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today presented a Partners in Conservation Award to the Milford Flat Fire Restoration Project for their work to improve watersheds following the largest fire in Utah history two years ago.
It was one of 26 national awards to individuals and organizations presented at a ceremony at Interior headquarters in Washington, D.C. to honor “those who achieve natural resource goals in collaboration and partnership with others.”
The 26 Partners in Conservation Awards recognize conservation achievements resulting from the cooperation and participation of a total of 600 individuals and organizations including landowners; citizens' groups; private sector and nongovernmental organizations; and federal, state, local, and/or tribal governments.
“The Partners in Conservation Awards demonstrate that our greatest conservation legacies often emerge when stakeholders, agencies, and citizens from a wide range of backgrounds come together to address shared challenges,” the Secretary said. “The Bureau of Land Management recently took on the largest rehabilitation and restoration project in its history after a wildfire burned more than 363,000 acres on BLM, state, private and Bureau of Indian Affairs lands. The project was extremely successful because of the support and contributions of all the partners involved.”
After conducting post-fire assessments of the burned areas, land managing agencies saw the need to conduct stabilization, rehabilitation and restoration effort on 202,000 acres, which equals more than 300 square miles. From October 2007 to spring 2008, the partners treated burned areas with more than 1.8 million pounds of seeds, surveyed and treated noxious weed infestations, replaced 74 miles of burned fencing, constructed 78 new miles of fence and developed 315 sediment basins
“These 26 awards recognize the dedicated efforts of people from all walks of life, from across our nation– and from across our borders with Canada and Mexico,” Salazar noted. “They celebrate partnerships that conserve and restore our nation's treasured landscapes and watersheds, partnerships that engage Native American communities, and partnerships that engage youth.”
This award was shared by:
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Paul Schlafly Bureau of Land Management
Curtis Warrick Natural Resources Conservation Service
Ron Davidson Utah Department of Agriculture
William J. Hopkin
Tom Tippets Utah Department of Natural Resources
Rory Reynolds Utah Department of Transportation
Jim McConnell Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Jason Vernon Utah Governor's Office
Brian Cottam Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration
Ronald G. Torgerson
Sheril Torgersen Utah State Historic Preservation Office