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).
Trustees Release Final Restoration Plan for M/V Casitas Grounding in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Last edited 4/26/2016
The M/V Casitas hard aground on the reef at Pearl and Hermes Atoll in the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Hawaii on August 4, 2005. Photo credit: NOAA.
The State and federal natural resource trustees, including the State of Hawaii, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Fish and Wildlife Service, released the Final Restoration Plan for the grounding of the M/V Casitas at Pearl and Hermes Atoll, Hawaii. The document is entitled "Final Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the July 2, 2005 M/V Casitas Grounding at Pearl and Hermes Atoll, Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument."
Pearl and Hermes Atoll, in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands is part of the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service. The surrounding waters are part of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.