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.
GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool (SFTool). The SFTool provides information and guidance for project and facilities managers to better maintain healthy buildings and environmentally-responsible purchasing.
EO 13693 directs Federal agencies to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, eliminate waste, improve energy and water performance, and leverage Federal purchasing power to support innovation and entrepreneurship in clean energy technologies and environmentally-responsible products.
This document provides practical guidance, potential language, and examples of environmentally beneficial landscaping practices for each of the EMS elements. The intended audience includes Federal facility staff tasked with developing an EMS and reducing the environmental impact of facility landscaping activities. The purpose of this guidance document is to assist with the addition of sustainable landscaping practices to an existing EMS or to the incorporation of sustainable landscaping into the development of an EMS.
Avian Protection Plan Guidelines
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with the Avian Power Line Interaction Committee (APLIC), has developed voluntary guidelines designed to help electrical utilities protect and conserve migratory birds. Working with the guidelines, a utility can use the latest technology and science to tailor a voluntary Avian Protection Plan that meets specific utility needs at its facilities.
Applicability to DOI facilities: Avian Protection Plans can be incorporated into facility Environmental Management Systems as well as Asset Management Plans to outline mitigative measures to undertaken to prevent utility infrastructure serving DOI sites from harming wildlife. Note that other types of guide wires associated with cell towers and support for other aerial structures have the potential to create avian impacts; protective measures can be taken to minimize such impacts as well.
Reducing Bird Collisions with Buildings and Building Glass The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its Reducing Bird Collisions with Buildings and Building Glass Best Practices to provide suggestions on how to avoid and minimize bird collisions for both new buildings, and for existing building renovations and retro-fits. These practices may be applied at residences and office buildings.