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 2011 DOI Restoration Program National Workshop has been scheduled for March 28 – April 1, 2011 at the BLM National Training Center in Phoenix, AZ. The first day of the Workshop, Monday, March 28 will be for DOI agency personnel only. All DOI, other federal, tribal and state trustees are invited March 29 – April 1st. Wednesday, March 30 is the Workshop "Open Day" for invited non-trustee people involved in NRDA Restoration. Please register for the Workshop by March 11. Due to meeting room limitations, registrations received after March 11, 2011 will be accommodated based upon available space. Training courses will be offered on Friday, April 1st and are open to Trustees. If you are interested in attending one of the training courses please complete the registration form.
The Sheraton Crescent Hotel will again house the group in 2011. A personalized web site to reserve a hotel room has been created for the Workshop. Guests can access the site to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation. Please make your room reservations by 5:00 PM local time in Phoenix on March 11, 2011. Rooms and rates will be based upon availability if reservations are made after this deadline. To register by phone please contact Central Reservations at 1-800-325-3535 and refer to the Restoration Program Workshop 2011 when making your reservations.