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 Salazar Presents Missouri River Bank Stabilization Project 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 Missouri River Bank Stabilization Project, recognizing individuals from the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System, federal and South Dakota state agencies as well as private engineering and contracting firms.
The Secretary presented the multi-group project with one of 26 national awards to individuals and organizations 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 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.
“This particular partnership developed a plan to protect the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System's infrastructure while stabilizing and enhancing the bank of the Missouri River within an area designated as a National Recreational River,” the Secretary said. “Cooperation produced a highly successful design that helps ensure delivery of water to three states as well as environmental protection of the river.”
“These 26 awards recognize the dedicated efforts of 600 individuals and organizations, 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.”
Award recipients include:
Timothy R. Conner
David C. Odens
Matthew Q. Rippentrop Bureau of Reclamation
Joseph E. Hall
Theodore L. Hall
Scott A. Jacobson
Jame L. Todd HDR Engineering Inc.
Charles “Chip” Haas
Teresa C. Konda
Terry Stoltenow Lake Regional Contracting, Inc.
Thomas Powell Lewis & Clark Regional Water System
Lennis “Red” Arndt
Dan Zulkosky National Park Service
Wayne Werkmeister South Dakota Department of Environment and Resources