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.
Secretary Salazar Announces Appointments to Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the appointments of 23 individuals to the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council, an advisory panel created in 1993 to advise the Secretary on nationally significant recreational fishing, boating and aquatic resource conservation issues.
“With its vast experience and expertise in boating, fishing and conservation, the council will continue to play a vital role in achieving the goals of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative to foster a 21st century approach to conservation and outdoor recreation,” Salazar said. “Thanks to the council's ongoing work, the nation is benefitting not only from more opportunities for outdoor recreation but also from the $3.6 billion in economic activity generated by fishing and boating, which supports 68,000 jobs across the nation.”
"In order to maintain the environmental, recreational and economic benefits aquatic resources provide to our nation and local communities, the Fish and Wildlife Service must increase its ability to deliver science-driven conservation at a watershed level," said Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. "The council's expertise and advice will continue to play a key role in helping us improve program delivery and enhance our work with partners and stakeholders to further our shared goal of the stewardship of these important resources."
Salazar announced the appointment of the following individuals – whose terms begin immediately – to serve on the Council for the upcoming two-year term:
James Adams – States Organization for Boating Access
John Arway – Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
Douglass Boyd – Coastal Conservation Association
Jeffrey Crane – Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Thomas Dammrich – National Marine Manufacturers Association
Roy Elicker - Director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Frederick Harris – American Fisheries Society
Betty Huskins – Southeastern Tourism Policy Council
Scott Kovaravics – Izaak Walton League of America
Ryck Lydecker – Boat Owners Association of the United States
Eugene “Mac” McKeever III – L.L. Bean
Jerry McKinnis – Bass Anglers Sportsman Society
Michael Nussman – American Sportfishing Association
Geoffrey Ratté – FishingKids
John Sprague - Marine Industries Association of Florida
James Zorn – Great Lake Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
Seven alternate Council appointments, who may attend meetings and vote when the primary member is unable to attend, were also announced.
The alternates are: Janine Belleque of the States Organization for Boating Access; Noreen Clough of Bass Anglers Sportsmans Society; Christopher Edmonston of the Boat Owners Association of the United States; Roger Fuhrman of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; Michael Grayum of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission; Gary Kania of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation; and Theodore Venker of the Coastal Conservation Association.
During its 19 year history, the Council's advice and recommendations have played a major role in providing guidance to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on its fisheries program and improving the efficiency of grant programs delivered through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program.
The Council played a leading role in the development of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan, a groundbreaking, partnership-driven strategy to restore fisheries and aquatic habitat across the nation. It also continues to offer support and guidance to the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, a non-profit organization it helped establish and whose mission is to increase the number of conservation-minded recreational anglers and boaters.
In 2012, the Council is expected to undertake a major effort to lend assistance to the Service's fisheries program in updating and revising its strategic vision and plan.
The fisheries program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in association with state agencies and other conservation organizations, contributes $3.6 billion to the nation's economy and supports 68,000 jobs across the country, according to a 2011 report released by the agency.