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.
Question: May I voluntarily give up my seat on an oversold flight?
Answer: Yes, as long as it does not interfere with your official duties and there is no increase in costs to the Government. If this applies, you may keep any gift or compensation under the following conditions:
(1) You may not claim additional travel expenses including per diem, as a result of giving up your seat.
(2) You must take annual leave if your travel is delayed during duty hours, and any expenses you accrue while on leave must be paid by you.
Question: The Standards of Conduct prohibit misuse of Government property such as Government owned cars. What constitutes misuse? And does it also apply to rental cars leased by the Government?
Answer: Yes. The rules on the misuse of Government owned vehicles also apply to vehicles leased by the Government. You are misusing a Government vehicle when you use it for personal benefit as opposed to using it for the benefit of the Government. The rule of reason allows you to use a rental car as we probably all do when on official travel; you may travel to a restaurant near your hotel for meals, as opposed to having to eat all your meals in the hotel restaurant. See Departmental Manual,Motor VehicleManagement, 412 DM 1