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.
The 2016 guide identifies Federal program and grant opportunities in health, housing, education, and labor for which members of the Native Hawaiian Community and Native Hawaiian organizations may apply. The guide was developed in partnership with Papa Ola Lōkahi, the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA), and the Native Hawaiian Education Council.
Federal Offices of Likely Interest to Hawaiians
U.S. Department of Treasury Community Development Financial Institution Fund (CDFI Fund) 601 13th St. NW, Suite 200 South Washington, DC 20005 www.cdfifund.gov
U.S. Department of Commerce U.S. Economic Development Administration Office of the Representative for the State of Hawaii Federal Building, Room 5180 300 Ala Moana Boulevard P.O. Box 50264 Honolulu, HI 96850 (808) 541-3391 http://www.eda.gov/
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems Division of Health Center Management Southwestern Operations Branch (301) 594-0820 http://www.hrsa.gov/
U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Services NRCS Fed Preservation Officer (202) 720-4912 The Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service http://www.csrees.usda.gov/
U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Native Hawaiian Relations 1849 C Street, NW (3543) Washington, D.C. 20240 (202) 513-0712