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.
Statement of Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar On the Passing of Park Superintendent Brian O'Neill
Last edited 4/25/2016
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar issued the following statement regarding the death yesterday of Brian O'Neill, longtime superintendent of Golden Gate National Recreation Area in the San Francisco Bay area of California.
“With heavy hearts, the Department of the Interior family mourns the loss of one of America's great champions for our national parks and for the wise stewardship of our national treasures. As an architect of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and its superintendent for almost a quarter century, Brian O'Neill left an indelible mark on our landscape and on the millions of lives he touched through his service.
“Year after year, Brian found new ways to connect ordinary Americans with the wonder of our nation's history and our sacred places. Last year, more than fourteen million people visited the Golden Gate National Recreation Area from Tomales Bay and the Muir Woods to the Golden Gate, Presidio and Alcatraz Island.
“Deeply loved by the community in which he served and widely admired among his colleagues, Brian O'Neill's was, and will always remain, a legendary figure in National Park Service and the Department of the Interior. His big heart, infectious enthusiasm and talent at what he called “friend-raising” made him the perfect ambassador for the cause of conservation.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Brian's family, friends, colleagues, and the San Francisco community. May his example of stewardship and service always endure in the stories and places that he dedicated his life to enrich, protect, and preserve.”