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).
Readout on Meeting of Federal, State and Local Leaders on California's Bay-Delta Conservation Plan
Office of the Secretary
Last edited 4/25/2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes and other senior officials from the Interior Department and Commerce Departments today met with California Natural Resources Secretary Lester Snow, county officials and diverse California water interests about the proposed long-term Bay Delta Conservation Plan.
The meeting at the Department of the Interior's Stewart Udall Building in Washington, D.C., included representatives of urban and agricultural water districts, conservation groups, and fishermen.
“The status quo in the Bay Delta is unsustainable and unacceptable to everyone,” Secretary Salazar said. “We need to forge forward-thinking solutions that will improve the reliability of water deliveries and restore the Bay Delta ecosystem.”
“The Bay Delta Conservation Plan must be based on science and the input of all parties and the public,” said Deputy Secretary Hayes. “We appreciate the continuing work and dedication of the stakeholders who are moving this process forward and who are so committed to the future of California's economy, water supplies, and environment.”