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.
Salazar Welcomes First Visitors to Tour Re-Opened Crown of Statue of Liberty
Last edited 4/25/2016
NEW YORK, NY — Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today was joined by Governors David Paterson, Jon Corzine, Senator Robert Menendez, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Congressmen Gregory Meeks and Anthony Weiner to celebrate the Fourth of July by welcoming the first visitors to tour the crown of the Statue of Liberty since it was closed following the 9/11 attacks for safety and security reasons. The first thirty visitors, from all over the world, climbed the 354 steps to the crown accompanied by National Park Service rangers.
“Once again, Americans can climb to Lady Liberty's crown and gaze out over New York harbor, where so many of our ancestors first saw the New World and first breathed the fresh air of freedom,” Salazar said at a ceremony marking the re-opening. “This is a celebration of America and the joy of being an American.”
For safety considerations, the National Park Service will limit the number of visitors to the crown to groups of no more than 10 visitors at a time. With approximately three groups ascending the crown per hour, an average of 240 crown will be able to climb to the crown each day. All visitors must be able to climb and descend the stairs without assistance and should be aware that the statue is cramped and can often be much hotter than the outside temperature.
Over the past few months, NPS had made safety upgrades to the Statue of Liberty, including adding an additional handrail to the double helix staircase. The Statue of Liberty will be open for the next two years, then it will be closed again for work on a long-term solution that will further improve safety and security.
Crown tickets may be reserved up to one year prior to the day of the visit. (Example: Tickets for travel on September 1, 2010 will become available on-line or by phone starting at 10:00 a.m. EST on September 1, 2009). Reservations are made through the Statue Cruises Web site at www.statuecruises.com or by phone at 877- LADY-TIX (877-523-9849).
Crown tickets will cost an additional $3 and will be combined with reserved ferry tickets, which are currently $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for children. The maximum number of tickets that can be reserved per customer is 4, with only one reservation allowed during any 6 month period. Children must be at least four feet tall to visit the crown.