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.
Title VIII of the 1980 Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) provides a subsistence priority for Alaska residents of rural communities for harvesting fish and wildlife resources on Federal public lands.
The Federal Subsistence Board (Board), acting for the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture (Secretaries), is seeking comment on a proposed regulatory change to the rural determination process for the Federal Subsistence Program in Alaska. Under current regulations, the Board determines which community or area of Alaska is rural using guidelines and characteristics defined by the Secretaries. In response to robust stakeholder input and Tribal consultation, the new, simplified process identified will enable the Board to be more flexible in making decisions and take into account the regional differences found throughout the State.
The Secretaries, through the Board, will hold public meetings in conjunction with the Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils (Councils) to receive comments on this proposed rule on several dates between February 10 and March 19, 2015. The Councils, which play an important role in providing recommendations and information to the Board on a range of issues, will discuss the proposed rule change and make their recommendations to the Board. Tribal consultations will also be held. The Board will review the Councils' recommendations, Tribal input, and public comments, and then provide recommendations for potential changes to the proposed rule to the Secretaries.
The deadline to submit comments was April 1, 2015. The link below provides more information about the Rural Determination review process and how you can submit comments.