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.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
North Dakota, South Dakota, Office of the Secretary, Native Americans, Press Release
The three Departments previously announced on September 9 the intention to hold these consultation sessions after important issues were raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribal nations and their members regarding the Dakota Access pipeline specifically, and infrastructure-related decision-making more generally.
Hawaii, Office of the Secretary, Diversity, History, Press Release
The final rule builds on more than 150 Federal statutes that Congress enacted over the last century to recognize and implement the special political and trust relationship between the United States and the Native Hawaiian community.
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Colorado, Press Release
The roundtable provided representatives from the federal family, ranchers, industry, conservation community and the states an opportunity to discuss continued success of ongoing efforts, challenges, and next steps as they work together to implement the landscape-scale, science-based, collaborative habitat conservation plans.
Bureau of Land Management, California, Office of the Secretary, America's Great Outdoors, Press Release
The proposed legislative expansion would protect 6,200 additional acres and build on the 2014 expansion, which provided the first shoreline access to the monument. This addition would provide access for millions of Americans to breathtaking panoramic views of the coast, sightings of humpback whales and elephant seals from the shore, and cultural sites with a rich history going back hundreds of years.
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Nevada, Office of the Secretary, Press Release
The project is the 60th renewable energy project approved for federally administered land since 2009 as part of a Department-wide effort to advance smart development of renewable energy on our nation's public lands.
Massachusetts, Office of the Secretary, America's Great Outdoors, Oceans, Press Release
The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument includes two areas: one that includes four undersea mountains - Bear, Mytilus, Physalia, and Retriever; and an area that includes three undersea canyons – Oceanographer, Lydonia, and Gilbert that cut deep into the continental shelf.
Bureau of Indian Education, Bureau of Land Management, California, Office of the Secretary, Press Release
The finalization of the DRECP is the result of an eight year process of extensive public participation, which included collaboration among the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Energy Commission, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and countless other stakeholders. The planning effort began in 2008, as the desert region was experiencing a substantial increase in renewable energy projects.
Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Massachusetts, Office of the Secretary, Press Release
The strategy details the current state of offshore wind in the United States, presents the actions and innovations needed to reduce deployment costs and timelines, and provides a roadmap to support the growth and success of the industry.
Bureau of Indian Affairs, California, Nebraska, Washington, Press Release
The Buy-Back Program implements the land consolidation component of the Cobell Settlement, which provided $1.9 billion to purchase fractional interests in trust or restricted land from willing sellers at fair market value within 10 years.
Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Press Release
The purpose of this MOU is to formalize a relationship for coordination and collaboration between the Department of the Interior and CoalitionWILD to provide mentorship, advice, and expertise to young professionals working in the conservation field in communities around the world.
National Park Service, Office of the Secretary, America's Great Outdoors, Youth, Press Release
As part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them, the Obama Administration today launched the second year of Every Kid in a Park program, which gives fourth graders and their families free access to federal lands and waters nationwide for a full year.
Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor and State of California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen coordination of management activities to benefit the Salton Sea, boost the region’s climate resilience, spur the region’s economic growth, and improve public health.