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 Program works to make sure landowners understand the opportunity to sell their fractional interests for the benefit of the tribal community and have the assistance they need to make informed decisions and complete the process if they chose to sell.
The Program uses various resources and activities to support outreach efforts, including a Call Center, marketing materials, events, postcards, proactive phone calls, and media relations.
Landowners do not need to wait until the Buy-Back Program begins implementation to get more information. Please review the Program's frequently asked questions. You should also become familiar with the Offer Packet Documents, available here.
In addition, landowners can contact the Trust Beneficiary Call Center at (888) 678-6836 with questions about their purchase offers, visit their local Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians (OST) office, or contact their tribe's staff working with the Buy-Back Program.
Outreach to individual landowners is critical to the success of the Buy-Back Program. Effective outreach helps to advertise the Program, stimulate land use planning, identify willing sellers, locate owners who are whereabouts unknown (WAU), and determine tribal priorities regarding what type of fractionated tracts tribes wish to have purchased. The Program works closely with tribal leaders to conduct effective outreach on and off-reservation.