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 Park Service Director Jarvis and Administration Officials Conduct America's Great Outdoors Listening Session in Seattle
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SEATTLE, WA — National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis today joined senior officials from the US Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency to host a public listening session on how to conserve the natural landscape of the Pacific Northwest and encourage more people to enjoy the region's many outdoor recreational opportunities.
The listening session was one of a series the Obama Administration is conducting as part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative to develop a conservation agenda worthy of the 21st century and to reconnect Americans with the great outdoors.
“The Pacific Northwest is one of America's most beautiful areas and one of its great treasures,” Jarvis said. “If we are to conserve the beauty and health of this region and encourage more people to get outdoors and enjoy it, we must work in partnership with communities and local citizens who are already engaged in this important work. We want to hear their ideas and we want to support them in their efforts.”
Director Jarvis was joined by Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Administrator for Water Pete Silva and Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Jay Jensen from the US Department of Agriculture.
"From the Puget Sound to the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, the restoration projects underway here in the Pacific Northwest represent a shining example of the work that the American's Great Outdoors Initiative seeks to accomplish," said EPA Assistant Administrator Peter Silva. "Together, all levels of government must work with the community - those who know the land best - to continue these projects and additional efforts to preserve the Pacific Northwest and all of America so we will leave a cleaner, greener land for our children and grandchildren."
“Public and private conservation and natural resource stewardship are integral to the history, culture, and prosperity of the Pacific Northwest,” said USDA Deputy Under Secretary Jensen. “We look forward to hearing in greater detail the hard work happening in the area, because regional and local conservation history will be key as we chart a 21st century conservation agenda.”
President Obama inaugurated the America's Great Outdoors Initiative at a White House Conference held at the Department of the Interior in April. The conference brought together leaders from communities across the country that are working to protect their outdoor spaces and focused on developing and supporting innovative ideas for improving conservation and recreation at the local level.
Under the initiative, the Administration is reaching out to communities across the country to hear good ideas about conservation and to learn about the efforts that ordinary Americans are making to conserve our land, water and wildlife.