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.
Appendix P: Office of the Secretary Pandemic Influenza Information
Certain Offices located within Policy, Management, and Budget, as well as within the Immediate Office of the Secretary, are not required to maintain their own individual Pandemic Influenza Plans, but instead supplement this plan with additional information specific to the operations of their own specific Office. This additional information is to be submitted to the Office of Law Enforcement, Security, and Emergency Management within 90 days of publication of this plan and will subsequently be published as a supplement to this appendix.
The information required from these Offices includes the following, but is not limited to:
A prioritized list of office functions to be executed during a pandemic
A list of the associated employees responsible for performing each office function
An inventory of vital records and databases needed to sustain operations for longer than 30 days, if necessary, including whether these records can be accessed electronically from a remote location (e.g., an employee's home)
A summary of office functions that cannot be performed remotely
For functions that may be performed from remote locations, a record of employees performing these functions with at least three levels of backup either locally or from other regions of the country
For functions that may be performed from remote locations, an inventory of required equipment (e.g., laptops, PDAs, remote access, high speed internet)
Where sufficient backups may not exist, a directory of employees capable of being cross-trained to perform a variety of office functions
An inventory of contracts and contractors that perform essential and support functions.
The information compiled by each Office is considered a working document, and as organizations change, the information will be updated as required. The information for each Office is provided to the appropriate organizational head and published separately from this plan.
Information for this appendix is required from the following Offices:
Office of the Special Trustee
Office of the Chief Information Officer
Office of Communications
Office of the Executive Secretariat
Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs
Office of External Affairs
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance
Office of Policy and Analysis
Office of Hawaiian Relations
Office of Budget
Office of Financial Management
Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration
Office of Acquisition and Propriety Management
Office of Wildland Fire Coordination
Office of Human Resources
Office of Civil Rights
Office of Occupational Health and Safety
Office of Planning and Performance Management
Office of Hearings and Appeals
Center for Competitive Sourcing Excellence
Indian Arts and Crafts Board
Office of Collaborative Actions and Dispute Resolution
Office of Law Enforcement, Security and Emergency Management