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.
Departmental employees at the following offices/bureaus have access to this database:
Bureau of Indian Affairs - Nationwide
Bureau of Land Management - Nationwide
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management - Nationwide
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement - Nationwide
Bureau of Reclamation - Nationwide
Fish and Wildlife Service - Nationwide
National Park Service - Nationwide
U.S. Geological Survey - Nationwide
Office of Natural Resources Revenue - Nationwide
Office of Surface Mining - Nationwide
Office of the Secretary - Washington Area Locations
Other users must come to the Interior Library to use this database or contact a Reference Librarian for assistance.
The DOI Library now has access to two digitized collections offered by ProQuest: the Congressional Hearings Digital Collection, covering congressional hearings dating back to 1824; and the Congressional Research Digital Collection, offering digitized copies of Congressional Research Service (and earlier Legislative Reference Service) reports back to 1916, as well as congressional Committee Prints back to 1830. Both of these collections are now fully searchable through one online search screen.
Congressional Hearings Digital Collection
ProQuest is in the process of digitizing the congressional hearings data, both published and unpublished hearings, so it is easily searchable with metadata tagging, as well as full-text searching. All hearings will be available in pdf format at the end of 2008.
Hearings can be located by searching for the bill number, committee, controlled subject headings, document or abstract full text, hearing number, public law number, Statutes at Large citation, title, or witness and affiliation. Searches can also be limited by date or Congress.
The ProQuest Congressional Hearings Collection is comprised of three modules, all of which are subscribed to by the DOI Library: Retrospective A (years: 1824-1979), Retrospective B (years: 1980-2003) and Prospective (years: 2004 and beyond), totaling close to 125,000 titles. Over 1,500 new hearings are being added annually.
Congressional Research Digital Collection
The ProQuest Congressional Research Digital Collection provides access to the Reports of the Legislative Reference Service (LRS) and Congressional Research Service (CRS) from 1916-present, and Congressional committee prints from 1830-present. All documents contained in this collection have been digitized into PDF format and are full-text searchable.
The reports of CRS (1970 to the present) and the earlier LRS (1916-1969) consist of research reports (from brief summaries to full-length studies) prepared by subject experts for Members of Congress on a wide range of topics: foreign relations, natural resources, Federal case law, Medicare, the environment, national defense, and energy policy, to name but a few.
Committee prints are an even more diverse group of publications, being documents (but not formal House and Senate Documents) created in the course of the business of a Congressional committee, and approved for release by the Committee chair. Prints include items such as topical monographic studies; investigative field reports; analyses of bills, including comparisons with existing law; staff memoranda and reports; reports submitted to the committee by Federal agencies; directories, bibliographies, and other reference materials; statistical compilations; complete or partial texts of committee hearings; and preliminary drafts of reports and bills.