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.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
National Landscape Conservation System Celebrates 10th Birthday
Office of the Secretary
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today joined Wilma Lewis, Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, and Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey in launching a national year-long celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the BLM's National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS).
“The establishment of the National Landscape Conservation System was a major step forward in recognizing lands of exceptional beauty, historical value, and cultural significance that are under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management,” said Secretary Salazar. “Through effective, forward-looking stewardship, the BLM will protect and preserve these treasured landscapes as a legacy for the American people."
“In the ten years that have passed, the people have truly shown that these lands belong to them – their tireless efforts prove their passion,” said BLM Director Bob Abbey. “From advisory councils and committees to friends groups and individuals who simply care enough to volunteer their free time, the NLCS has inspired thousands to embrace public lands stewardship as never before.”
More than 90 events across the country marking the 10th Anniversary will focus on celebrating a decade of accomplishments and discoveries while setting goals for the next ten years. The NLCS is managed for science and conservation under the BLM's multiple-use mandate, yet to many, it represents immense backyards abounding in recreational opportunities, remoteness, and solitude. Going forward, the BLM will continue to balance these interests while managing lands within the NLCS to conserve, protect, and restore their extraordinary resources.
The NLCS was created by the Secretary of the Interior in 2000 to manage the BLM's specially designated conservation areas. The 27-million acre NLCS is composed of 880 units that include national monuments, national conservation areas, wilderness and wilderness study areas, wild and scenic rivers, national scenic and historic trails, and conservation lands of the California Desert. In March 2009, Congress passed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act, providing a statutory basis for the NLCS.
The past decade of accomplishments could not have been achieved without the help of hundreds of volunteers, working thousands of hours—more than 430,000 in 2009 alone. These volunteers sacrifice their free time to work closely with BLM staff on improving the public lands they love. By working with gateway communities and local partners, the BLM is able to expand interpretive and educational services, and resource restoration and protection.
BLM resource advisory councils, NLCS advisory committees, friends groups, and other partnerships are critical to the BLM in carrying out its conservation vision and priority programs for the NLCS. In celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the NLCS, the BLM salutes these important volunteers and partners. To find out more about NLCS 10th Anniversary events scheduled near you, go to http://www.blm.gov and select “What We Do,” then “National Landscape Conservation System.”
The BLM manages more land – 253 million acres – than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.
The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.