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.
Trustees Settle Natural Resource Damage Claims at Bunker Hill Superfund Site in Idaho
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Tundra swans, a federally-protected migratory bird adversely affected by hazardous substances at the Bunker Hill Superfund site, over-wintering in the lower Coeur d’Alene Basin, Idaho. Photo credit: FWS.
On January 19, 2012 the United States and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe settled claims for response costs and natural resource damages against 7 mining companies liable for the release, or threatened release, of hazardous substances at Operable Unit 3, also known as the Coeur d’Alene Basin, at the Bunker Hill Mining and Metallurgical Complex Superfund site in northern Idaho. The Consent Decree was entered by the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho.
The settling companies will pay damages of $59,625 plus an apportioned amount of future proceeds from ore smelting operations for injuries to natural resources caused by hazardous substances in the Coeur d’Alene Basin. The natural resource trustees involved this case includes Department of the Interior (DOI), U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. Four DOI bureaus -- the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service -- are participating in this case.