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 Testifies on Reform, Response and Recovery Efforts for Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today told the Presidential commission investigating the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that the tragedy has fueled and bolstered the Department's ongoing drive to reform and restructure the federal offshore oil and gas regulatory framework and to make the nation a world leader in safe and environmentally responsible energy development.
“It is my goal for the Department of the Interior, with the help of this Commission, to create the gold standard for worker safety and environmental protection in oil and gas production in the oceans of America,” Secretary Salazar told the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. “These standards will serve as a model for the world so that other nations too can learn from the tragedy of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.”
Secretary Salazar was joined at the meeting by Interior Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes and Michael R. Bromwich, Director of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM).
Secretary Salazar's testimony covered the Department's immediate response efforts, ongoing reform and restructuring of offshore oil and gas regulations, continuing recovery efforts and environmental damage assessments and policy on offshore oil and gas development in the Arctic.