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.
Statement by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015
Office of the Secretary
Last edited 4/26/2016
WASHINGTON DC - Today Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell issued the following statement related to the public lands provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act, which designates nearly 250,000 acres of wilderness in five Western states, expands or designates nearly a dozen national park units and protects roughly 140 miles of wild and scenic rivers. The bill supports the 2016 National Park Centennial effort through new funding, expansion of the system and reauthorization of critical park programs, including Heritage Areas and the protection of American Battlefields.
Jewell also commented on language that provides for the exchange of a 2,422 acre parcel of U.S. Forest Service land to Resolution Copper Mining, LLC for a number of parcels in Arizona to be managed by the USFS and the Bureau of Land Management. The Oak Flat area, or Chi'Chil'Ba'Goteel, has significant religious, cultural, historical, and archeological value to the San Carlos Apache Tribe and other tribes in the region.
Secretary Jewell Statement:
“I applaud the many members of Congress who worked on this bill to strengthen our nation's public lands and to build the support for our nation's second century of conservation. The legislation enacted 70 public lands proposals, many of which were the result of communities working with members of Congress to establish protection for places important to local economies, histories and people.
“There's a lot more to do to when it comes to ensuring that our national parks and public lands reflect the full diversity, history and natural beauty of our country. I'm hopeful that this progress is the kind of bipartisan support we can expect in the next two years when it comes to protecting special places for the next generation.
“With that said, I am profoundly disappointed with the Resolution Copper provision, which has no regard for lands considered sacred by nearby Indian tribes. The provision short circuits the long-standing and fundamental practice of pursuing meaningful government-to-government consultation with the 566 federally recognized tribes with whom we have a unique legal and trust responsibility.
“Although there are consultation requirements in the legislation, the appropriate time for honoring our government-to-government relationship with tribes is before legislating issues of this magnitude. The tribe's sacred land has now been placed in great jeopardy.
“I look forward to working with Rio Tinto to better understand their plans for development and to see what additional measures they can take to work with the tribes, including forgoing development in these sacred areas.”