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 New Members of Invasive Species Advisory Committee
Policy Management and Budget
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has appointed six new members to the Invasive Species Advisory Committee, which provides advice and recommendations to the National Invasive Species Council.
Established by Executive Order in February 1999, the National Invasive Species Council is co-chaired by the Secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture and Commerce. Its members include the Secretaries of State, Defense, Transportation, Treasury, Health and Human Services and Homeland Security; and the Administrators of the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration, the National Air and Space Administration, U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Trade Representative.
The members of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee include 29 individuals representing a broad ran
ge of stakeholders including scientific, conservation and agricultural groups; state and Tribal governments; and industry organizations that are impacted by invasive species. For more information, see www.invasivespecies.gov.
The members of the seventh convening Invasive Species Advisory Committee – including the six new members - are: