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.
Department Asks Public for Suggestions to Make Regulations Less Burdensome and More Effective
Last edited 4/26/2016
WASHINGTON -- The Department of the Interior today began to implement President Obama's Executive Order 13563 on “Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,” by asking for public comment on ways to make its regulations less burdensome and more effective. To facilitate public comment on its regulations, the Department has set up a webpage where the public can access its regulations and an e-mail in-box where the public can submit suggestions on an ongoing basis.
“The President has asked us to find ways to make the regulatory process work better for the American people and help our nation compete and win in the 21st century economy,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said. “Through this process, we want to gather the best ideas from the public on how to fix regulations that need fixing, eliminate those that are no longer needed, and make government work better for the people we serve.”
President Obama issued his executive order on January 18, 2011, stating that our “regulatory system must protect public health, welfare, safety, and our environment while promoting economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation” and it must “use the best, most innovative, and least burdensome tools to achieve regulatory ends.”
The public's comments will inform the development of a Department-wide preliminary regulatory review plan, required within 120 days of the Executive Order. The preliminary plan will provide a process for reviewing existing significant regulations and identifying those regulations that can be made more effective or less burdensome while still achieving regulatory objectives.
The Department is seeking comments on all aspects of developing a preliminary review plan and on how it can improve its regulations to protect the environment, honor its trust obligations, manage public lands, protect endangered species, distribute and monitor water resources, and promote clean energy independence in ways that will work best for the American people. The Department is also requesting specific comments on:
• How can DOI best review its existing rules in a way that will identify rules that should be changed, streamlined, consolidated, or removed?
• How can DOI reduce burdens and maintain flexibility and choice for the public in a way that will promote its mission?
• Does DOI have rules or guidance that are duplicative or that have conflicting requirements among its bureaus or with other agencies?
• Are there rules or reporting requirements that could be improved to accomplish their regulatory objectives better?
• How can DOI best assure that its regulations are guided by objective scientific evidence?
• Are there better ways to encourage public participation and an open exchange of views when DOI engages in rulemaking?
• Is there a rule or guidance that is working well that DOI could use as a model for improving other regulations or guidance?
• How can DOI better scale its regulations to lessen the burdens imposed on small entities within the existing statutory requirements?
• Are DOI regulations and guidance written in language that is clear and easy to understand?
• What are some suggestions that DOI can use to assure that its regulations promote its mission in ways that are most efficient and least burdensome?