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).
Salazar, Bromwich Announce Elimination of Redundant Step for Offshore Renewable Energy Leasing
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WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Director Michael R. Bromwich announced today that BOEMRE has finalized a proposed rule that will eliminate a redundant step in the noncompetitive leasing process for commercial renewable energy development on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.
“This streamlined approach could cut up to a year off the leasing process for some commercial wind energy projects in the Atlantic,” Secretary Salazar said. “It would increase regulatory efficiency without affecting our ability to rigorously review, analyze and monitor projects to assure they are carried out in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.”
“This rule eliminates a redundancy in the offshore renewable energy leasing process,” Director Bromwich said. “It will make the process more efficient and will shave significant time from the current renewable energy project timetable. It is part of our ongoing effort to eliminate unnecessary delays in the process and encourage commercial offshore wind development.”
This action is being taken because of a requirement in the federal offshore renewable energy regulations related to the non-competitive leasing process. Under the current regulations, if BOEMRE initiates the commercial wind leasing process and only one entity responds expressing interest in acquiring a lease in that area, the bureau must still issue a second Federal Register notice request for interest to again ensure there is no competitive interest in that area. This process can take several months, and the bureau determined that it is unnecessary and redundant. The rule announced today eliminates the requirement for the second request for interest and potentially could save up to six to 12 months in the leasing process.
BOEMRE published the proposed rule on February 16, 2011. After careful analysis of the public comments received, the bureau determined it could move forward to finalize the rule. The final rule will be effective June 15, 2011.
The rule will make BOEMRE's leasing processes more streamlined and efficient while maintaining the bureau's obligations to notify the public of areas that may be leased, to solicit public input regarding those areas and to determine whether there is competitive interest in acquiring leases in those areas.