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's Bureaus share a wide range of responsibilities for ocean, Great Lakes and coastal resources ranging from stewardship of vast land, coastal and ocean areas to ensuring safe and sustainable management of our Nation's energy resources. The Interior coordinates efforts across the Department to ensure ocean and coastal-related programs in all bureaus support stewardship and collaborative conservation and management of our nation’s ocean, Great Lakes and coastal resources.
The Senior Ocean Policy Team includes representatives from Interior bureaus and offices that have ocean, Great Lakes and coastal responsibilities. This team facilitates coordination and consistency among ocean management agencies and coordinates expertise within and across bureaus to oversee policy and program management.
Across the nation, Interior leadership participates in regional ocean partnerships and regional planning bodies to help coordinate information, planning and policies as they pertain to ocean and coastal resource management needs.
For more information about coordinated ocean, Great Lakes and coastal activities at the Department of the Interior please contact:
Liza Johnson Policy Analyst/Coordinator, DOI's Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Activities Mail Stop 3530 1849 C Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20240 Tel: 202-208-1378 Contact Us
Cheryl Fossani Policy Analyst Mail Stop 3530, Room 3519 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240 Tel: (202) 208-5004 Contact Us
Ann B. Tihansky Physical Scientist/Communications NEWSWAVE Editor U.S. Department of the Interior Ocean, Coasts and Great Lakes Activities 1849 C Street NW, Room 3516 MS-3530 MIB Washington, DC 20240 Tel: 202-208-3342 Contact Us