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.
Strickland Lauds Progress on Management Issues Related to Cape Hatteras, Bonner Bridge
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WASHINGTON -- Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Tom Strickland today lauded the progress of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service for their work to balance important management issues related to North Carolina's Outer Banks.
“The work of these two agencies shows that the conservation of fish and wildlife and its habitat on the Outer Banks can be consistent with the transportation, recreation, and economic needs of local communities,” said Strickland. “I applaud the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service for their commitment to engaging the local communities, gathering ideas, and applying the best science to guide wise management decisions.”
On Friday, December 17, the Fish and Wildlife Service sent a letter to the Federal Highway Administration outlining additional steps agreed to by the two agencies that will protect Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge but will also allow construction of a new bridge to replace Herbert C Bonner Bridge. The Department of the Interior worked closely with FHWA and the North Carolina Department of Transportation over the past few months to craft a path forward.
Meanwhile, the National Park Service today made available the Record of Decision for the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan. In the Record of Decision, the Service adopted its preferred alternative to address resource protection (including protected, threatened, or endangered species), potential conflicts among the various Seashore users, and visitor safety.