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 Praises Release of Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Strategy for Public Review
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar released the following statement on the Gulf Coast Task Force's submission today of a preliminary strategy for Gulf Coast ecosystem restoration for public review:
“This is the moment to transform crisis into meaningful restoration that will benefit the Gulf Coast and all Americans for generations to come,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. “I commend the Task Force for building a comprehensive strategy for restoring coastal wetlands, improving habitat for wildlife and fisheries, and strengthening the health of the natural resources and Gulf Coast communities that draw visitors from around the globe.
“The Task Force's preliminary strategy is the result of a collaborative effort among five Gulf Coast states and 11 federal agencies, including the Department of the Interior, and includes significant input from the public, NGOs, tribes, businesses and local governments.
“The strategy builds upon existing state plans and proposes specific actions to implement the Louisiana Coastal Area authorization and Mississippi Coastal Improvement Program, among others. The strategy supports ongoing efforts by Interior to restore Gulf Island National Seashore and increase habitat conservation at a number of national wildlife refuges throughout the Gulf.
“I encourage all Gulf Coast residents and those throughout the country who rely on the Gulf of Mexico for its natural resources to review and provide feedback on this preliminary strategy.”