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.
Interior depends heavily upon volunteer workers to help us accomplish our mission. Volunteers serve as campground hosts, clear trails, help with seasonal bird surveys, collect new information for maps, and assist with many other day-to-day activities. In 2000, the number of our volunteer workers surpassed 200,000; almost three times the number of employees in our paid workforce. The high quality work they perform results in significant savings to the American people and allows us to offer more programs and services. For example, in 2001, volunteers for BLM, NPS, and FWS provided combined total service valued at about $98 million.
Additional Information about volunteerism:
Take Pride in America - A national partnership to improve our parks, refuges, and public lands.
Volunteer.gov – Search for natural resource volunteer opportunities