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.
Readout of Secretary Salazar's Meeting with Representatives of the Colorado River Basin States
Office of the Secretary
Last edited 4/25/2016
WASHINGTON, DC -- Today Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and other senior Interior Department officials met with representatives of the Colorado River Basin states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. As a record drought goes into its eleventh year, Secretary Salazar called today's meeting to discuss a number of ongoing water issues confronting the Department and the States, and to continue the collaboration that has historically occurred on such issues.
At today's meeting, the state and departmental representatives renewed their commitment to a strong working partnership with open lines of communication in order to tackle the challenges ahead.
The Colorado River provides drinking water for more than 25 million people and water for agriculture, industry, and renewable hydroelectricity. It is also the lifeblood of the Grand Canyon and other national parks, wildlife refuges and ecosystem services. The period from 2000 to 2010 has been the driest 11-year period in more than 100 years of recorded history in the basin. Accordingly, the challenges associated with meeting the many demands placed on this limited resource are growing.