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.
Departmental Manual (DM), Part 314: Printing and Publications
Chapter 1: Purpose, Policy, and Procedures December 1, 2004 PDF File Assigns responsibility for Departmental printing policy to the U.S. Department of the Interior Publishing Council under the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Business Management and Wildland Fire. Requires Departmental printing program activities, policies, and initiatives as executed or proposed by the Publishing Council to be coordinated through the Office of Acquisition and Property Management. Assigns to the Publishing Council those responsibilities specified in the Joint Committee on Printing (JCP) regulations, which are designated for the Department's central printing and publications management organizations.
Chapter 2: Requests for Printing Services May 6, 1997 PDF File Describes the methods and sources for Federal printing procurement.
Chapter 3: Official Identifications and Use May 6, 1997 PDF File Describes the use of Departmental identifications, proper use of seals, and various other items such as mission statements, signatures, and Presidential seals.
Chapter 4: Sales, Distribution, and Reference Sources May 6, 1997 PDF File Describes the methods for distribution of information to the public through Federal sources such as the Superintendent of Documents, Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), National Technical Information Service (NTIS), and the Departmental Natural Resources Library.
Chapter 5: GPO Regional Printing May 6, 1997 PDF File Describes Bureau responsibilities when processing printing procurements.
Chapter 6: Letterhead Stationary May 6, 1997 PDF File Describes Departmental letterhead policy and specifications.
Chapter 7: Library Binding May 6, 1997 PDF File Describes the library binding contract used for books, periodicals, serials, and other publications often in need of rebinding for protection of contents, etc.
Chapter 8: Required Reports May 6, 1997 PDF File Identifies the required Joint Committee on Printing (JCP) reports and provides a schedule of when they are due.
Chapter 9: Reprographics Management May 6, 1997 PDF File Transfers the responsibility for the Reprographics Program to the Bureaus and describes those responsibilities.