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, Deputy Secretary Hayes, BSEE Director Watson to Visit Norway for Ministerial Forum on Offshore Energy Safety
Office of the Secretary
WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will travel to Trondheim, Norway, on June 25-28 to continue his ongoing dialogue with international counterparts, government officials and oil and gas industry leaders regarding the safe and responsible development of offshore energy resources.
The discussions and meetings Secretary Salazar will hold in Norway, at the invitation of Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy Ola Borten Moe, are geared toward informing the Obama administration's goals of expanded safe and responsible production of our domestic resources while ensuring the strongest possible safety and environmental oversight of offshore oil and gas activities on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.
In response to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration undertook the most aggressive and comprehensive reforms to offshore oil and gas regulation and oversight in U.S. history. As part of a shared commitment to reduce the risks associated with offshore drilling around the world, Secretary Salazar will meet with ministers and senior government officials from nations engaged in offshore oil and gas operations to discuss these historic reforms and share best practices and lessons learned in offshore oil and gas development, including in the Arctic.
Secretary Salazar will be joined by a U.S. delegation including Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director James A. Watson. Their trip will include a visit to an offshore oil facility and a roundtable discussion on sustainable Arctic energy development with international counterparts and other officials and stakeholders.
The trip builds on last year's Ministerial Forum on Offshore Drilling Containment, hosted by Secretary Salazar in Washington, D.C., which included interactive discussions on well containment and lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.