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 Announce Land Acquisition for Restoration in Cherokee County, Kansas
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This forested area in Cherokee County, Kansas, is part of the newly acquired acreage which will be managed by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism for habitat restoration. Photo credit: Gibran Suleiman, FWS.
On February 14, 2012 the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, acting as natural resource trustees, announced the acquisition of 711 acres in Cherokee County, Kansas. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism will hold title to the land and be responsible for operations and maintenance, subject to a management plan.
This land acquisition is the first restoration project to be implemented under the publicly-reviewed “Cherokee County Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment.” This Restoration Plan was developed by the State and federal natural resource trustees to restore natural resources injured by lead, cadmium and zinc contamination arising from historic mining and mining-related activities in the Kansas portion of the Tri-State Mining District.