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.
Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee to Hold First Meeting
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WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Director Michael R. Bromwich today announced that the Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee (OESC) will hold its first public meeting on Monday, April 18, 2011.
“The safe, responsible and appropriate development of our nation's offshore oil and gas resources requires a thoroughly coordinated and comprehensive approach,” Secretary Salazar said. “The Safety Advisory Committee will provide a vital forum to evaluate the latest scientific and technical information on ocean energy safety and recommend the most effective approaches to drilling and workplace safety, well intervention and containment and oil spill response.”
“This Committee is a key component of a long-term strategy to address on a continuing basis the technological needs and inherent risks associated with offshore drilling, and deepwater drilling in particular,” said Director Bromwich. “The challenge facing government and industry in the months and years ahead is to ensure that we do not once again become complacent about the risks of offshore drilling, but rather that we continue to make progress in developing state-of-the-art safety, containment and response capabilities.”
The OESC is a public federal advisory body of the nation's leading scientific, engineering and technical experts. Chaired by former Sandia National Laboratory Director Tom Hunter, the group consists of 15 members from federal agencies, the offshore oil and gas industry, academia and various research organizations who will represent their collective viewpoint on ocean energy safety. The Committee will provide critical policy advice to Secretary of the Interior through the BOEMRE Director on improving all aspects of ocean energy safety.
The meeting is open to the public, and will begin at 8:30 a.m. at U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004.