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.
This page points to items of interest concerning the Department of the Interior's budget. You may track the progress of this budget request through the Congressional appropriations process from this page.
The Department of the Interior "Budget in Brief" highlights and describes details of the fiscal year 2003 request.
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FY 2003 President's Budget home page - Appendix for the Department of the Interior.
Secretary of the Interior, Gale A. Norton, Statement Before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies, June 13th 2002.
Passed by the Senate Committee. Passed the Senate Committee by a vote of 29-0 on June 27, 2002. Senate Committee on Appropriations. Press Release for the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill.
Reported by the Senate Committee. Senate Committee on Appropriations. Original measure Report No. 107-201 on June 28, 2002.
Senate Action. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar on June 28, 2002.
(PDF Version) - Summary: The Fiscal Year 2003 Omnibus Appropriations Act for Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill Programs. The House of Representatives and the Senate adopted the Conference report on the Fiscal Year 2003 Omnibus Appropriations bill on February 13, 2003, clearing the measure for the President. The House acted by a vote of 338 to 83; Senate by a vote of 76 to 20.
For the Department of the Interior, the Omnibus bill provides $10.4 billion in current appropriations. This amount is reduced to $10.3 billion by a 0.65% across-the-board reduction. The Omnibus bill also provides $189.0 million to repay funds borrowed from land acquisition and construction accounts in 2002 for fire suppression, emergency stabilization and rehabilitation needs. The repayment amount is not subject to the across-the-board reduction.
(PDF Version) - Summary: The Fiscal Year 2003 Omnibus Appropriations Act for Department of the Interior Programs. The House of Representatives and the Senate adopted the Conference report on the Fiscal Year 2003 Omnibus Appropriations bill on February 13, 2003, clearing the measure for the President. The House acted by a vote of 338 to 83; Senate by a vote of 76 to 20. The President signed the bill into law on February 20, 2003.
For the Department of the Interior, the Omnibus appropriations act (P.L. 108-7) provides $10.3 billion in current appropriations (based on across-the-board reduction). This amount was reduced from $10.4 billion by the 0.65% across-the-board reduction. The Omnibus act also provides $189.0 million to repay funds borrowed from land acquisition and construction accounts in 2002 for fire suppression, emergency stabilization, and rehabilitation needs. The repayment amount is not subject to the across-the-board reduction.
(PDF Version) - Summary: House and Senate Action on the Fiscal Year 2003 Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill - Updated For House Floor Action. The full House completed work on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 Appropriations Bill for Interior and Related Agencies on July 17, 2002. The President's budget request for discretionary appropriations in the Interior bill totaled $9.45 billion. The House bill provides $9.95 billion for Interior programs; the Senate bill provides $9.63 billion.
(HTML Version) - Summary: FY 2003 Appropriations Action Interior and Related Agencies. The House Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee reported the 2003 Interior Appropriations bill yesterday morning. The bill will be taken up by the full House Appropriations Committee after the 4th of July recess. The Subcommittee mark for the Department is $9.72 billion. This is $223 million above 2002 and $268 million above the 2003 President's budget.
(HTML Version) - Summary: FY 2003 Appropriations Senate Action Interior and Related Agencies. The Senate has been considering the 2003 Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations bill on and off since September 4. It will resume consideration of the bill Tuesday morning. Here's what has happened so far.
The Senate adopted a Daschle emergency drought relief amendment. The amendment provides for emergency financial assistance by the USDA Commodity Credit Corporation for crop and livestock losses. The estimated cost of the assistance is $5.9 billion. The amendment includes directed scoring that scores the cost against the Agriculture Committee, not the Appropriations Committee. A motion to waive the Budget Act, thus preventing a point of order against the amendment, was agreed to 79 to 16.
Supplemental Appropriation Acts and Budget Execution
Summary: Emergency Wartime Supplemental (P.L. 108-11) This FY 2003 supplemental appropriations act includes the following provisions related to the Department of the Interior:
$25 million is appropriated for the Bureau of Reclamation for facility hardening, vulnerability assessments, and guards and law enforcement.
$9 million is appropriated for the National Park Service to increase 2003 repair and rehabilitation funding to the level envisioned in the Conference Report on the 2003 Interior Appropriations bill.
Bill language directs that funds previously appropriated for replacement of the Ojibwa Indian School in North Dakota be made available to obligation within 30 days.
A technical correction to the 2003 appropriation for the FWS State and Tribal Wildlife grants program makes clear that the amount for tribal grants is $5 million.
The act also includes a clarifying amendment to the provisions of section 328 of the 2003 Interior Appropriations Act pertaining to processing of grazing permits by the Forest Service.
The act does not include a Senate-passed provision requiring the Secretary to report on BLM's processing of a 983 acre land sale in Clark County, Nevada.