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.
Vincent G. Logan (Osage) was sworn in as the Special Trustee for American Indians on July 7, 2014. He is the fourth person to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate for this position.
Prior to joining the Department of the Interior as the Special Trustee, Logan was President of The Nations Group, LLC, an investment consulting firm in New York. The Nations Group works with tribal nations on asset management and investment strategies and is a leader in the financial education movement in Indian Country. Previously, Logan worked as a private banker at Merrill Lynch (NY), a corporate finance attorney at Schulte, Roth & Zabel in New York, and in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Logan was educated at Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Queen's College, Oxford University, and the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. He holds Series 7 and 66 registrations and is a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association, the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Oklahoma Bar Association, and the Global Association of Risk Professionals. In 2010, Logan was appointed to the Oklahoma State University Foundation Board of Governors.
Part of the fabric of Indian Country for many years as an investment professional, Logan has been a mentor for Native American attorneys and is a founding member of the Native American Bar Association of Washington, D.C. An expert in debt financing and asset management, he has built a vast network of professional relationships within Indian Country. Originally from Norman, Oklahoma, he has resided in New York for more than 20 years.
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