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.
It is a priority for the Department that we work with tribal leaders to ensure that Indian landowners are (a) aware of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program), (b) understand the opportunity to sell their fractional interests for the benefit of the tribal community, and (c) have the assistance they need to make informed decisions and complete the process if they chose to sell.
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.
We know that tribal leaders and members know best how to reach their citizens. The Department is entering into cooperative agreements that outline the role that tribal governments would like to have in the Program's implementation.
Outreach is a critical piece of the cooperative agreement. Many tribes have the resources and personnel to conduct outreach on their own, but we have provided the following materials in order to better assist you. We will continue to update and add additional materials as they become available.