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.
Emergency Support Function (ESF) #11 Protection of Natural and Cultural Resources and Historic Properties (NCH) is organized and coordinated by the United States Department of the Interior (DOI) and works with a series of support agencies to respond to incidents threatening Natural and Cultural Resources and Historic Properties. Support agencies have specific capabilities and resources that support the primary agency in executing the mission of the ESF.
DOI also partners with the Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF), a consortium of non-governmental organization and federal agencies that provides the combined experience and resources of its members to support ESF #11 NCH.
When ESF #11 NCH is activated, DOI consults and works with our support agencies and partners to assist with response activities, including providing expertise and guidance.
Certain partners, such as HENTF, participate in preparedness and response even when ESF #11 NCH is not activated, and can be a valuable source of information and aid for non-disaster preservation of natural and cultural resources.