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 Extend Public Comment Period by 30 Days on Draft Restoration Plan for Hayden Mine Complex Sites, Pinal County, Arizona
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This reach of the lower San Pedro River in Pinal County, Arizona, near the confluence with Aravaipa Creek, shown here in June 2008, is one of the proposed focus areas for natural resource restoration actions in the preferred alternative in the Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment now available for public review and comment. Photo credit: Carrie Marr, FWS.
On March 9, 2012 the State of Arizona and the Department of the Interior, acting through Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, extended the open public comment period by 30 days for the “Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Hazardous Substance Releases from the Hayden Smelter and Ray Mine Facilities.” The open public comment period will now be 60 days.
The original Public Comment Period Notice for this document and associated background information appeared as a “News” item here on February 8, 2012.
The new deadline for submitting written comments on the Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment is Monday, April 9, 2012.