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 Begin Restoration Planning for July 2010 Oil Spill into Kalamazoo River in Calhoun County, Michigan
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These Canada geese were among the almost 200 migratory birds oiled by the July 26, 2010 Enbridge Energy pipeline crude oil spill into Talmadge Creek and Kalamazoo River in Calhoun County, Michigan. Photo credit: FWS.
On March 1, 2012, the federal, State and Tribal natural resource trustees released a “Notice of Intent to Conduct Restoration Planning” for the July 26, 2010 crude oil spill from a pipeline owned by Enbridge Energy into Talmadge Creek and Kalamazoo River, near Marshall in Calhoun County, Michigan. The Notice of Intent initiates the natural resource restoration planning process.
The natural resource trustees include the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Tribe, the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of the Potawatomi Tribe, the State of Michigan, the Department of Commerce, acting through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Department of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Indian Affairs and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
A pipeline owned by Enbridge Energy near Marshall, Michigan ruptured on July 26, 2010. An estimated 843,444 gallons of crude oil were released into a wetland and nearby Talmadge Creek. The oil flowed through the Creek into Kalamazoo River and then downriver for 38 miles to Morrow Lake. Among the natural resources injured by this oil spill are: fish; mussels, mammals, turtles, birds, streams, sediments, stream banks, wetlands, vadose zone soils, floodplains, habitats and human uses of these natural resources.
Specifically, this Notice of Intent announces that the trustees have determined that they have jurisdiction for natural resources adversely affected by the oil spill and that pursuing restoration of natural resources and natural resource services injured by the oil spill is appropriate.