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.
DOINews: Notice of Lodging of Consent Decree for the Coeur D'Alene Basin Site in Northern Idaho – 30 day comment period
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Local wildlife and migratory birds benefit from a NRDAR Trustee project, led by FWS in the lower Coeur d'Alene basin. Photo credit: EPA.
A proposed Consent Decree (http://www.justice.gov/enrd/Consent_Decrees.html) for an agreement between The United States and the Coeur d'Alene Tribe and the Lookout Mountain Mining and Milling Company and Silver Bowl, Inc. was entered in court and made available for public comments (http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/pdf/2011-1979.pdf). The Department of the Interior, Department of Agriculture and the Coeur D'Alene Tribe, as co-trustees, are claiming that the companies are liable for natural resource damages in connection with releases of hazardous substances at or from Operable Unit 3 (Coeur d'Alene Basin Site) of the Bunker Hill Mining and Metallurgical Complex Superfund Site in Northern Idaho.
The settlement is based on a determination that Lookout Mountain Mining and Milling Company and Silver Bowl, Inc have no ability to pay response costs and natural resource damages and still maintain their basic business operations. The agreement requires, among other things, that the companies pay two percent of net smelter returns generated from any future mining activities for the next 50 years.
The Bunker Hill Mining and Metallurgical Complex Superfund Site, located in the Coeur d'Alene River Basin, is one of the largest environmental and human health cleanup efforts in the country. Historic mining practices generated an estimated 70 to 100 million tons of mining waste that are now spread throughout regional streams, rivers, flood plains and lakes. The contamination resulting from these mining practices affects all media and poses public health risks. Ecological affects include sterile river regions and hundreds of avian deaths each year.