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 Wildfire in Arizona
Office of the Secretary
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell issued the following statement today on the wildfire in Arizona:
“I am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot crew yesterday near Yarnell, Arizona. I join all Interior Department employees in honoring their courage and sacrifice and standing with their families in their time of grief. The word “hero” can be overused, but in this case the word fails to do justice to these firefighters who stood in the path of a roaring inferno to protect their communities.
“In May, I visited the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho with Secretary Tom Vilsack and saw the professionalism and dedication of the members of the firefighting community as they prepared for this severe fire season. Just this last weekend, I met with a Hotshot crew in Utah and witnessed first-hand their commitment to our nation and emphasis on firefighter safety. We can never be vigilant enough when it comes to safety, and we will continue to seek new ways of keeping our firefighters safe.
“Today, 58 Interior Department employees are on the ground fighting the Yarnell fire, and we stand ready to provide whatever further assistance the state of Arizona and local communities need to extinguish the blaze and protect lives and property.
“As we as a nation and as a department mourn this terrible loss, I am reminded of the passage, ‘Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.' On this sad day, may all of us honor these 19 firefighters for their ‘greater love.'”