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.
There are several things that tribal leaders can do to prepare for the Buy-Back Program. One important activity is to become familiar with the four land consolidation phases. Additional steps that your reservation might pursue are included below, with general steps listed first followed by phase-specific steps.
Establish a tribal task force or team to plan for land consolidation.Designate an authorized tribal point of contact.
Provide information to the Buy-Back Program about the tribe's land consolidation programs and current capacities, capabilities, readiness, and interest in the Program (DOI recognizes that some tribes have pursued land consolidation activities for many years).
Engage with the Buy-Back Program to discuss your current resources and capabilities in areas such as outreach, mapping and land use characterization, appraisal experience.
Educate owners about (general outreach materials are available to facilitate this effort).
Identify questions and issues that are frequently raised by owners and share them with the Buy-Back Program.
Identify individual landowners that are interested in selling their fractional interests.
Encourage landowners to update their address information by contacting the Trust Beneficiary Call Center at (888) 678-6836.
Attend general outreach meetings, webinars, or regional events (list of upcoming events is available for reference).
Work with the Buy-Back Program to exchange GIS data to ensure current mapping of reservation lands, which can facilitate identification of priorities and valuation efforts.
Determine tribal acquisition priorities (specific tracts of land that are of particular interest for acquisition through the Buy-Back Program).