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.
Photos: White House American Latino Heritage Forum
Secretary Salazar and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis make opening remarks at the forum. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Labor Secretary Hilda Solis moderates a discussion on recognizing the contributions of American Latinos in the American economy with panelists Javier Palomarez, Dolores Huerta and Martin Cabrera. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
President Obama making remarks at the forum. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Sergeant 1st Class Leroy A. Petry, Medal of Honor Recipient greets President Obama. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar and Senator Bob Menendez. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar and Secretary Solis announce four new Latino-themed National Historic landmark nominations that will be presented to the Landmarks Committee in November and the National Park System Advisory Board in December. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar makes remarks on the announcement of four new Latino-themed National Historic landmark nominations. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Maria de Leon, Dr. Estevan Rael-Galvez and Maria Agui Carter contribute on a panel celebrating the contributions of American Latino Heritage in arts and culture. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar greeting Albert Gonzalez, Commander of the American G.I. Forum and Major General Angela Salinas. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki makes remarks on honoring the contributions of the American Latino in America's wars. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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President Obama and Secretary Salazar welcomed American Latino leaders from across the country at the White House American Latino Heritage Forum. During the day-long forum, high-ranking Administration Officials and Latino community leaders and scholars worked to identify avenues through which the story of the American Latino can be told in a more complete and inclusive way.
As part of the Department of the Interior's efforts to expand the story of the American Latino within the National Park System, Secretary Salazar announced four new Latino-themed National Historic landmark nominations that will be presented to the Landmarks Committee in November and the National Park System Advisory Board in December. The landmarks include: the Trujillo Homestead in Colorado, the Port of Nova Albion and Archeological District in California, the Mission San José de los Jémez and Giusewa Pueblo Site in New Mexico, and the Nuestra Señora Reina de La Paz in California.