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).
Justice Opens 30-Day Public Comment Period on Proposed Settlement for Natural Resource Damages from February 2005 Ship Grounding Offshore Barbers Point, Oahu, Hawaii
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On January 8, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice opened a 30-day public comment period on a proposed settlement for natural resource damages with two parties arising from the February 2, 2005, grounding of the cargo ship M/V Cape Flattery near the entrance to Barbers Point Harbor on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The proposed settlement is embodied in a Consent Decree that was lodged with the U.S District Court for the Division of Hawaii on December 21, 2012.
The natural resource trustees in this case include:
State of Hawaii, represented by Hawaii Department of Health and Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources;
U.S. Department of Commerce, represented by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and,
U.S. Department of the Interior, represented by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The M/V Cape Flattery is a 555-foot long, foreign-flagged cargo ship. On the early morning of February 2, 2005, the M/V Cape Flattery ran aground on coral reef habitat outside the entrance channel to Barbers Point Harbor on the southwestern coast of the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The ship was carrying approximately 9 metric tons of bulk pelletized cement and 147,000 gallons of fuel oil. Over the next nine days, the ship’s fuel was lightered, the cargo was offloaded and on February 11, the ship was refloated and towed from the reef.
Coral reef habitats and associated resources were physically injured as a result of ship stabilization and response activities. The trustees determined that six marine habitat zones -- including 19.5 acres of coral -- were injured.
Under the proposed settlement in the lodged Consent Decree, the settling parties will:
Pay $5,881,180.00 for the design, implementation, permitting, monitoring and oversight of natural resource restoration projects for coral reef habitat and associated resources according to a Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan to be prepared by the natural resource trustees;
Pay $1,524,137.00 to NOAA for past assessment costs;
Pay $56,679.00 to DOI for past assessment costs; and,
Pay $38,004.00 to State of Hawaii for past assessment costs.
The total value of the proposed monetary settlement is $7,500,000.00.
Written comments on the proposed Consent Decree must be received by the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division in Washington, DC, by Thursday, February 7, 2013.