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 Honors Interior Law Enforcement Officers at Wreath Laying Ceremony
Last edited 4/25/2016
WASHINGTON, DC– Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar led a wreath-laying ceremony today at the headquarters of the U.S. Department of the Interior to honor 134 Department of the Interior law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty since the department's founding in 1849.
“Today, we are thankful that it is has been more than three and half years since a Department of the Interior law enforcement office has been killed in the line of duty,” Secretary Salazar said. “I attribute this to the dedication, training and discipline that our officers demonstrate when they put on their uniform each day.”
Present at the ceremony were family members of Kris Eggle, a National Park Service ranger killed in the line of duty at age 28 on August 9, 2002 at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Kris's father, Bob Eggle, has worked to promote officer safety and calling attention to border violence issues.
Those on the remembrance list began with Captain Chin Chi Kee, the first Department of the Interior law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty. He was shot and killed while apprehending whiskey smugglers in 1852.
The Secretary also honored law enforcement officers from other departments and agencies who gave up their lives on our nation's public lands in the past year.
“As we honor those officers lost, we also honor the 3,321 full-time Department law-enforcement officers nationwide and the 2,000 tribal law enforcement officers. You are all heroes,” said Secretary Salazar.
The Department has more than 3,000 sworn law enforcement officers who protect the public and Interior employees as part of the National Park Service, U.S. Park Police, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Reclamation. The ceremony of remembrance is held each year in Washington, D.C. during National Police Week.