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 2006 request.
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The Interior and Related Agencies bill was enacted before the end of fiscal year 2005. Programs normally included in the Energy and Water Development bill were covered under the first of three 2006 continuing resolutions until the 2006 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act was signed by the President on November 19, 2005.
House Action. Passed the House by a vote of 348 to 64 on September 29, 2005.
Senate Action. Passed the Senate by a voice vote on September 30, 2005.
Executive Action. Signed by the President and became Public Law No.: 109-77 on September 30, 2005.
Fall Hurricane/Avian Flu Supplemental
Conference Agreement. The conference agreement on the 2006 Defense Appropriations Act reported on December 18, 2005 included a 2006 supplemental providing funds for Hurricane Katrina response and recovery and for detection of avian flu (H.Rept. 109-359).
House Action. The House Appropriations Committee reported a bill providing supplemental funds for the global war on terror and for hurricane recovery on March 13, 2006 (H.R. 4939; H. Rept. 109-388). The bill passed the House on March 16, by a vote of 348 to 71.
Senate Action. The Senate Appropriations Committee reported the legislation on April 7 (S. Rept. 109-230) and the Senate passed the legislation on May 4 by a vote of 77 to 21.
Conference Agreement. Conference agreement on the legislation was reached on June 8 (H.Rept. 109-494). The House agreed to the conference report on June 13 by a vote of 351 to 67. The Senate agreed to the conference report on June 15, by a vote of 98 to l.