November is Manatee Awareness Month; but no matter what time of year it is, manatees deserve to be celebrated. These amazing creatures fulfill a unique niche by serving as indicator species for ecosystems across the United States. Because of their reliance on the health of their habitat, manatees often act as a signal of their environment’s well-being. NOAA photo by Michael Buchanan.
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.
The Department held its 2016 Listening Session on the progress of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) in Albuquerque, NM, The purpose of the session was to continue to hear directly from tribal communities about how the Program can best be implemented across Indian Country. In addition, attendees visited different stations to ask questions and learn more about key aspects of the Program, including the appraisal and acquisition process. Landowners were able to obtain land reports and other tools to help them make informed decisions about land, including financial education and planning.
On March 19, 2015, in Laveen, AZ, the Department held a Listening Session on the progress of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program). The purpose of the session was to meet with tribal leaders and landowners to receive feedback on critical issues related to the Program as well as the 2014 Status Report.
National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Webinars
In October 2013, the Buy-Back Program took part in a series of NCAI-hosted webinars to explore the Program's appraisal and acquisition processes. Part One of the series examined the Buy-Back Program's Land Valuation process, covering topics such as how property value is determined on fractionated lands and how those appraisals will be conducted. Part Two focused on the Acquisition Phase of the Buy-Back Program, addressing how the Program will prepare and distribute offers to potential sellers, and what the next steps are when the offer packet arrives in the mail.