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.
Mr. Stephen McEntegart is currently Acting Director of the Office of Business Services for the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO).
Mr. McEntegart has worked for over 30 years at the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) for various bureaus and departmental offices as a geologist, physical scientist, program analyst/specialist, and budget analyst including the Bureau of Mines, the Office of Surface Mining, the Minerals Management Service and the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management.
In 2003, Mr. McEntegart joined DOI's Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians where he initially served as the Budget Officer and then as the Director of Budget, Finance and Administration where he was responsible for budget and coordinating with Departmental shared service providers for finance, human resource and acquisition services. He was also responsible for general administrative services including space, property, vehicles, facilities, health, safety and charge card programs. In 2011, Mr. McEntegart began supporting DOI's OCIO as budget analyst and in July 2014, he began acting as OCIO's Director of the Office of Business Services. As the acting Director, Mr. McEntegart oversees the OCIO's budget and is responsible for aquisition, financial, adminstrative, and human resources services for the OCIO.
Mr. McEntegart graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from Adelphi University, NY. He is married with 4 children and lives in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.