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.
PPA - Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Policy Coordination
The Interior Department is one of our Nation's principal stewards for our Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes resources and recognizes the vital connection between the health of our Nation's natural resources and human health and economy. Interior studies, manages and conserves watersheds, coastal lands and ocean waters to:
·provide robust scientific programs that inform decisions and reduce risk, ·ensure safe and responsible development of natural, mineral and energy resources, ·promote healthy and productive ecosystems through informed management and monitoring, ·protect native species and their habitats, ·provide rich cultural and recreational opportunities for the public, and ·support state, Tribal, regional and local partnerships.
The Office of Policy Analysis supports the Department of the Interior's Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Policy Coordination activities across Interior's Bureaus and with other Federal agencies. Through collaborative partnerships, Interior integrates effective multiple-use resource management from upland watersheds to deep oceanic waters. For more information on Interior's Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes activities, please visit: http://www.doi.gov/pmb/ocean