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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 Announces New Members of Invasive Species Advisory Committee
Office of the Secretary
Edited Jan. 18, 2013 to correct a name.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has appointed 14 new members to the Invasive Species Advisory Committee, which provides advice and recommendations to the National Invasive Species Council.
Established by Executive Order 13112 in February 1999, the National Invasive Species Council is designed to ensure that federal programs and activities to prevent and control invasive species are coordinated, effective and efficient. The council—which is co-chaired by the Secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture and Commerce—includes the Secretaries and Administrators of 13 federal departments and agencies.
The members of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee are 30 individuals representing a broad range of nonfederal stakeholders including scientific, conservation and agricultural groups; state governments; and industry organizations that are impacted by invasive species. Members may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms, each three years in length.
An invasive species is an alien (or non-native) species whose introduction does—or is likely to—cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. Only a small proportion of non-native species are invasive. (See www.invasivespecies.gov.)
The members of the eighth convening Invasive Species Advisory Committee are:
Charles Bargeron (New)
University of Georgia
Joseph Bischoff, Ph.D. (New)
American Nursery and Landscape Association
Jerry Cook, Ph.D. (New)
Sam Houston State University
Phillip Cowan (New)
Landcare Research NZ
Tammy Davis (New)
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Joseph DiTomaso, Ph.D.
University of California, Davis
Otto Doering, III, Ph.D.
California Department of Fish and Game
James Furnish (New)
Restoration Ecology Consultant
Katherine Howe, Ph.D. (New)
Midwest Invasive Plant Network
William Hyatt (New)
Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
Phyllis Johnson, Ph.D. (Reappointed)
University of North Dakota
Eric Lane (Reappointed)
Colorado Department of Agriculture
Janis McFarland, Ph.D. (New)
Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC.
N. Marshall Meyers, Esq.
Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council
Edward L. Mills, Ph.D.
Carol L. Okada (New)
Hawaii Department of Agriculture
Roland Quitigua (New)
University of Guam
David Reid, Ph.D. (New)
Invasive Species Consultant
Timothy Schaeffer, Ph.D., J.D. (New)
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
David E. Starling, D.V.M.
Aqueterinary Services, P.C.
Nathan Stone, Ph.D.
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
John Peter Thompson
Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association
The Nature Conservancy
Robert Van Steenwick, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley
Damon E. Waitt, Ph.D.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
University of Texas at Austin
Robert H. Wiltshire
Invasive Species Action Network (Representing the Federation of Fly Fishers)