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.
OCIO telecommunication / network services provides the Department of the Interior (DOI) and other federal agencies with telecommunication and network services in conjunction with supporting hosted applications and other requested services.
OCIO telecommunication / network services responsibilities include the provisioning, billing, engineering, management, administration and troubleshooting of the following services:
Voice Network Communication Services
Voice Telecom Services
Audio Visual Services
Wide-Area Network Services (WAN)
Local-Area Network Services (LAN)
LAN-to-LAN/Client Secure Network Connectivity
Secure Remote Wireless & WiFi Connectivity
Telecommunications - Voice Network Communication Services
Integrated Digital Voice Communication (IDVC) System –hybrid phone network of 10 locations. Consists of routers, servers, network switches, voice mail systems. Local service, adds, moves, and changes, maintenance and repair, voice mail services, management of communications circuitry.
Video Teleconferencing – video teleconferencing infrastructure, system setup and training.
Telecommunications - Voice Telecom Services
Voice Telecom - Management of all calling cards and audio bridge conferencing reservations.
Telecommunications - Radio & Spectrum Telecom Services
Spectrum - Management, coordination, and protection of all spectrum used by DOI customers, Insular Areas, and external customers and includes incident/emergency support for wildland fires, hurricanes, etc. and coordination of spectrum use/protection with federal, state, local, and international agencies.
Radio - Management of enterprise technical services, enterprise projects, enterprise contracts, and the development of radio standards and architecture
Network Services Overview
Network - Wide-Area Network Services (WAN)
DOI/OCIO network services and responsibilities include the provisioning, engineering, management, administration and troubleshooting of the following Data Network services to include but not limited to: managed routers, managed WAN circuits and disaster recovery DR circuits/communication.
Network - Local-Area Network Services (LAN)
Responsibilities include the provisioning, billing, engineering, management, administration and troubleshooting of the following data telecommunication and network hardware and services to include but not limited to: internal routers, network switches, content switching with SSL acceleration, providing maintenance and network monitoring across the enterprise, secure remote wireless and WiFi connectivity as needed.