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.
Frequently Asked Questions - Gifts in General from Outside Sources
Gifts from Domestic and Private Sources
Question: When is a gift given because of an employee's official position?
Answer: If the gift would not have been offered or given if you held some other position, or if it is offered or given because you work where you work and/or have your duties in the Agency. See 5 CFR § 2635.203(e)
Question: You are a Hydrologist program specialist/researcher. An agricultural cooperative that has business dealings with the Department invites you to participate in an all-expense paid tour of the farms and processing facilities of the members of the cooperative. It does not matter to the cooperative whether you participate in a private capacity or on official time. May you accept the invitation?
Answer: The agricultural cooperative is a prohibited source that offered the all-expense tour because of your official position. The offer does not meet any exclusion or exception that would permit you personally to accept.
Your agency cannot accept the gift of travel because the proposed travel does not meet the "meeting or similar function" definition of the regulatory authority for accepting travel and expenses for travel for non-Federal sources. 41 C.F.R. §304-1.2(c)(3).