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.
Joint Statement from Secretaries Jewell, Pritzker and Vilsack on the Drought Declaration in California
Office of the Secretary
Last edited 4/26/2016
WASHINGTON, DC – Governor Brown's declaration today underscores the gravity of the historic drought conditions facing California – conditions that are likely to have significant impacts on the state's communities, economy and environment in the coming months.
We are keenly aware of the need to act quickly and collectively to address the complex challenges the drought poses, and we are directing our respective agencies to work cooperatively to target resources to help California prepare for and lessen the impacts of the drought.
This week, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated areas in 11 states, including 27 counties in California as primary natural disaster areas due to drought. This designation makes farmers and ranchers in those counties eligible for assistance through a number of USDA programs. USDA is also working with farmers and ranchers to increase their irrigation water efficiency, protecting vulnerable soils from erosion, and improving the health of pasture and range lands. The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation is working closely with federal and state authorities to facilitate water transfers and provide operational flexibility to convey and store available water, and facilitate additional actions that can conserve and move water to critical areas. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), part of the Department of Commerce, is providing regular updates to state officials on drought conditions. This not only includes information on weather forecasts, but also information on river water levels and potential drought impacts.
And, as called for in the President's Climate Action Plan, the National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP) will help coordinate the federal response, working closely with the State of California, local government, agriculture and other partners. The NDRP is already helping to enhance existing efforts that federal agencies are working on with communities, businesses, farmers and ranchers to build resilience where drought is currently an issue across the country.
Today's drought declaration also serves as a reminder of the long-term need to take a comprehensive approach to tackling California's water problems. We remain committed to working with the state to provide for the sustainable management of its precious water resources.