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's Statement on National Academy of Sciences Review of California Bay Delta Water Issues
Last edited 4/25/2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar released the following statement on the National Academy of Sciences' scientific review of key questions on California Bay Delta water issues:
“I would like to thank the National Academy of Sciences for its first report, released today, regarding key questions relating to the California Bay Delta.
“In November 2009 the Department of the Interior and the Department of Commerce asked for an independent scientific review evaluating the status of the California Bay Delta, specifically as to how to protect this precious, complicated and unique ecosystem while also providing a reliable water supply for Californians.
“I am very grateful that the Academy produced this report in record time. I appreciate the intensive and thorough work done by both the Academy and the panel of eminent scientists and scholars who volunteered their time on this complicated assignment. We are committed to having our policy decisions driven by the best science available to us. I am directing our team to review carefully the report we have just received and to determine how we might most effectively take advantage of the National Academy's hard work.
“We also look forward to assisting the Academy as it tackles its second report, which will address scientific questions relating to the full array of factors affecting the health of the Bay Delta and long term measures to restore the ecosystem.”