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.
The United States Department of the Interior (DOI) is the primary federal agency for the implementation of Emergency Support Function (ESF) #11 Protection of Natural and Cultural Resources and Historic Properties (NCH). DOI was selected to lead ESF #11 NCH as it possesses the necessary expertise and capabilities to accomplish the mission of this function of the ESF. The ESF #11 NCH also consists of support agencies that have specific capabilities and resources which partner with DOI in accomplishing this mission.
Once a Presidential Disaster Declaration has been issued, DOI works in tandem with FEMA, USDA and our support agencies and non-federal partners to coordinate response activities. DOI will deploy personnel to the area impacted, as well as provide the necessary technical expertise required to safeguard NCH resources.
DOI utilizes its network of partners and support agencies to monitor the current situation, provide assistance where requested, and identify staff who are available to respond to the disaster.