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.
As the Director, Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance, Ms. Noble is the principal official responsible for:
Directing and coordinating Departmental environmental policy to achieve Department-wide compliance with the full range of applicable environmental laws and regulations;
Providing leadership and guidance for Departmental implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act and for coordinating the Department’s review of the environmental and natural resources aspects of non-Interior projects;
Providing leadership and guidance to ensure the Department achieves its sustainability goals;
Overseeing the Department’s Central Hazardous Materials Fund;
Serving as the Department’s representative on the National Response Team and providing guidance and coordination of Departmental responses for oil and hazardous materials spills; and
Overseeing the Department’s activities to protect and recover natural and cultural resources and historic properties during emergency response actions.
Ms. Noble came to the Department from the U.S. Coast Guard where she served as the Chief of the Environmental Law Division. Prior to that she served as the Senior Environmental Attorney at the Maritime Administration under the Department of Transportation. Before joining the Federal Government, Ms. Noble worked for several private law firms in New Orleans handling complex litigation on a variety of environmental and maritime matters. Ms. Noble successfully completed the Department of Homeland Security Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program and received her J.D. and Certificate in Maritime Law from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Science in Maritime Administration from Texas A&M University.