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.
In addition to ICS qualifications, many DOI incidents also require personnel with highly specialized skills gained through educational degree programs such as Biologists or Architectural Conservators, or who meet industry training standards such as Arborists or Boat Operators. In many cases, these personnel may perform the same duties during an incident that they perform in their regular job. The IPQG contains the incident qualification requirements for many of these "technical specialists."
If you are interested in becoming an emergency responder for the Department, you are encouraged to start by taking basic Incident Command System (ICS) courses and checking with your Bureau or Office Emergency Coordinator.
DOI All Hazard Incident Qualification Position Taskbooks
The DOI Incident Positions Qualification Guide (IPQG) presents the requirements for occupying and performing specific positions within an all-hazard incident response. Many of these positions require the successful completion of a positon taskbook which will be used to demonstrate competency in the necessary tasks and training needed to serve in full capacity in a specific position on an incident. Taskbooks that have been approved for use by trainees are located here.
DOI Sponsored Advanced ICS Training
Advanced Incident Command System (ICS) courses are offered by the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) throughout the year. This includes the course entitled: "H-337: Command and General Staff Functions for Local Incident Management Teams" which covers ICS-300 and ICS-400 training requirements. The course provides training for DOI employees who may serve on local incident management teams in command and general staff positions, which may involve a large number of local and/ormutual aid resources. This course continues to ensure that DOI meets the requirement to respond to emergenciesusing NIMS standards as determined by
Emergency Management Policy Guidance Bulletin 2007-1: NIMS Training Requirements. Updated links to those training requirements sites are here.
Available training opportunities for H337 include the following:
Additional training courses will be added as they become available. If you would like to sponsor an offering of H337 at your location, please contact the Preparedness and Response Division at: 202-513-0894 for details.
For additional information about training opportunities and getting involved with DOI emergency response efforts, please contact your bureau/office'sEmergency Management Coordinatoror the Office of Emergency Management's Preparedness and Response Division at: 202-208-5673.