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.
Strong partnerships are a cornerstone of the Department of the Interior's (DOI) work and mission, serving as on-the-ground illustrations of the Secretary of the Interior's commitment to communication, consultation, cooperation, all in the service of conservation. DOI bureaus welcome the myriad partners who share common goals and interests in conserving, using and enjoying the nation's natural resources.
DOI partnerships with local municipalities, private landowners, school groups, corporations and numerous other interests are important because many natural resources – water, fish, wildlife, for example -- do not recognize boundaries and jurisdictions. Additionally, funding and other resource shortages affect all levels of government and society. Partnering can avoid duplication of effort, provide for pooling of scarce resources, and promote coordinated, focused and consistent mutual efforts toward conservation and outdoor recreation successes. The bottom line? Partnering makes sense.
DOI bureaus are eager to explore public-private partnerships in recreation and natural resources management. Here's how you can get started: