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.
Subject: Message to all employees from Secretary Jewell
My thoughts are with all of you as we enter our second week of this extraordinarily disruptive government shutdown. You are all professionals who are committed to the diverse missions of the Department of the Interior, and our inability to provide services is having a devastating impact on individuals, businesses, the economy and the people who depend on these services across the country.
For our colleagues who are continuing to come to work to protect life and property, I offer my sincere thanks. You are frequently on the front lines and having to deliver difficult messages to the public. I am grateful for your professionalism and continued dedication to public service.
If you are on furlough, I appreciate that you want to do your jobs and the shutdown may set your work back for a long period of time. I am also aware of the impact of this shutdown on partners, concessioners, communities who depend on us for their business, contractors who are unable to provide services, and tribal governments who rely on us to serve their members.
There are no winners in this situation. I am hopeful that Congress acts swiftly to end this shutdown so that we can all get back to the business of serving the American people.