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 Swears in David J. Hayes as Deputy Secretary of the Interior
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – David J. Hayes, one of the nation's foremost natural resource experts, was officially sworn in today as Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior, the second-highest-ranking official at the department. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar administered the swearing-in ceremony.
“This is a great and long-awaited day at the Department of the Interior,” Salazar said. “David Hayes brings a powerful combination of expertise and management experience dealing with complex natural resources and environmental challenges, including climate change policy,” Salazar said. “He has a strong record, thoughtful common sense approach and a steady management hand. He is a key part of our leadership team as we carry out President Obama's vision for our nation's economic and environmental recovery.”
President Obama nominated Hayes for the number two leadership position at Interior on February 27, 2009. The Senate confirmed him on May 20, at which time Secretary Salazar issued a statement that he welcomed the lifting of a hold on the nomination because “David is exceptionally qualified for this position and will bring intelligence, integrity and passion to the job.”
As Deputy Secretary, Hayes has the statutory responsibility as the Chief Operating Officer to help lead a Department of almost 70,000 employees and a budget of about $16 billion, including annual appropriations and permanent funding.
Hayes previously served as the Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior from 1999 to 2001, during which time he played a lead role in helping introduce modern water management approaches in the West, settling long-standing Indian water and land disputes, and establishing new national parks, including Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.
Most recently, Hayes was a leader in President Obama's Transition Team, heading the agency review process for the Department of Energy, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Hayes was a partner at Latham & Watkins, where he earned distinction as one of the nation's top natural resource lawyers. In 2007 and 2008, he was a consulting professor at Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment, where he led a project to find achievable and practical climate change policy solutions.
Hayes graduated summa cum laude from Notre Dame in 1975, received his J.D. from Stanford in 1978, and was an editor of the Stanford Law Review. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Visitors for Stanford Law School. He and his wife, Elizabeth Haile Hayes, have three children, Katherine, Stephen, and Molly.