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.
Assistant Director for Mineral, Realty & Resource Protection
Bureau of Land Management
Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee
Subcommittee on Public Lands & Forests
S. 1740, North Dakota Enabling Act and First Morrill Act Amendments Act
September 20, 2007
Mr. Chairman and members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify on S. 1740, the North Dakota Enabling Act and First Morrill Act Amendments Act of 2007.
S. 1740 would amend the Act of February 22, 1889 and the Act of July 2, 1862 to provide for changes to the management and distribution of North Dakota trust funds into which proceeds from the sale of public land are deposited. It also includes language providing for Congress' consent to amendments to the Constitution of North Dakota proposed by House Concurrent Resolution No. 3037 of the 59th Legislature of the State of North Dakota and approved by the voters on November 7, 2006. This resolution requires permanent trust funds to be managed to preserve their purchasing power, to provide stable distributions to fund beneficiaries and to benefit fund beneficiaries.
The Office of Legal Counsel of the Department of Justice has advised us that Congress may amend State enabling acts. As S. 1740 relates to North Dakota's use of its trust funds, the Administration has no comments on or objections to the bill.