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.
WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that Adam Fetcher will join his communications team as Press Secretary for the U.S. Department of the Interior. Since 2009, Fetcher has served in the public affairs office of the Department of Homeland Security, most recently as Assistant Press Secretary.
“With his experience at the Department of Homeland Security and his strong writing and communication skills, Adam Fetcher will be a terrific addition to our communications team,” said Secretary Salazar.
A graduate of Carleton College, Fetcher was a staff writer with a Minnesota newspaper and worked in marketing at a New York City non-profit before joining the Obama for America campaign in 2008 in Florida. After working on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition team, he joined the Department of Homeland Security, where he has coordinated communications for Secretary Napolitano and other senior DHS officials on a wide range of issues, including counterterrorism, law enforcement, immigration, border security, and disaster response.
Fetcher joins Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director Matt Lee-Ashley, Deputy Director of Communications Kate Kelly, Deputy Press Secretary Jordan Montoya, and New Media Director Tim Fullerton and career public affairs staff in Interior's Office of Communications.