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.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
DOINews: Trustees Propose to Restore Resources Injured by the M/V Casitas Spill in Hawaii - 30 day comment period
Last edited 4/25/2016
Bow of the M/V Casitas aground at Pearl and Hemes Atoll in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Photo credit: NOAA.
The Draft Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment (DARP/EA) for the M/V Casitas grounding and oil spill at Pearl and Hermes Atoll within the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge is available to the public for a 30-day comment period. The Draft DARP/EA summarizes natural resources injuries that resulted from the vessel grounding in 2005 on a coral reef at the Pearl and Hermes Atoll, Hawaiian Islands NWR which is now also part of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monumnet. The Draft DARP/EA decribes how the natural resource Trustees (the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Ocenaic and Atmospheric Administration, and the State of Hawaii) intend to restore habitat equivalent to the natural resources injured by the vessel grounding. The proposed restoration project will be paid for by damages from a legal settlement between the Trustees and the owners and operators of the M/V Casitas.