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.
Interior Signs Memorandum of Understanding with International Group of Protection & Indemnity Clubs
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Colin Williams, representing the International Group of Protection & Indemnity Clubs, and Lori Faeth, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, representing Department of the Interior, sign a MOU on November 1, 2011 at Interior Headquarters in Washington, DC. Photo credit: Tami Heilemann, DOI.
On November 1, the Department of the Interior’s Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Program signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the International Group of Protection & Indemnity Clubs, a 160-year old, London-based association of 13 mutual insurance companies. The International Group of Protection & Indemnity Clubs insures over 90% of the world’s container ship tonnage and 95% of all ocean-going tanker ships, including liabilities arising from oil spills.
This MOU promotes rapid and cost-effective restoration of injured natural resources following ship-sourced oil spills covered by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. Specific provisions in the MOU provide for regular exchange of technical information, mutual training, prompt notification of ship-sourced oil spills and coordination among technical representatives during an oil spill.
Examples of notable oil spills that the Department of the Interior and the International Group of Protection & Indemnity Clubs have cooperatively worked on together include: the November 7, 2007 M/V Cosco Busan oil spill in San Francisco Bay, California; the January 19. 1996 barge North Cape oil spill in Block Island Sound, Rhode Island; and, the April 27, 2003 barge Bouchard B-120 oil spill in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts.