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 on Secretary Salazar's Meeting with Governor Herbert
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Last edited 4/25/2016
Washington, DC - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today met with Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert today to discuss their ongoing work together and to follow up on their productive discussions and meeting in Utah in April.
Secretary Salazar and Governor Herbert spoke about the economic importance of Interior's commitment to facilitating the responsible development of wind, solar, and geothermal resources on public lands in Utah, including near Milford, Utah, where Secretary Salazar visited in April. They also discussed the importance of harnessing conventional energy resources in the right ways and in the right places.
Secretary Salazar and Governor Herbert also followed up on their discussions at the Governor's Balanced Resource Council Meeting in Salt Lake City in April, where the Secretary and the Governor talked about the America's Great Outdoors Agenda and consensus-driven strategies for protecting places that are important to communities in Utah. Secretary Salazar said he understands the economic importance of Utah's natural beauty to the state; outdoor recreation alone contributes an estimated $5.8 billion annually to Utah's economy and supports an estimated 65,000 jobs.
Secretary Salazar also said Interior is making swift progress on its investments in Utah through the Recovery Act, including a $50 million Recovery Act investment in the Central Utah Project Completion Act (CUPCA).
Secretary Salazar said he would to continue to work closely together with Governor Herbert on issues of importance to the State of Utah and the Nation.
For an analysis of the economic impact of Interior's programs and activities, click here.