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: Trustees settle with Atlantic Richfield Company at the Coeur d'Alene Basin Site, Idaho
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Local wildlife and migratory birds benfit from a NRDAR Turstee project, led by FWS in the lower Coeur d'Alene Basin.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Coeur d'Alene Tribe, and the State of Idaho have settled for $1,687,500 in damages for injury to natural resources. The injuries to natural resources resulted from the release of contaminants at Operable Unit 3 (Coeur d'Alene Basin) of the Bunker Hill Mining and Metallurgical Complex Superfund Site in northern Idaho. The settlement funds will be used by the natural resource trustees for restoration of the injured natural resources. The Consent Decree with the Atlantic Richfield Company was entered into the Court and signed on January 13, 2011.