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.
RECORDS MANAGEMENT GUIDANCE FOR NEW FEDERAL EXECUTIVES AND POLITICAL APPOINTEES
Now that the political transition is nearing completion, many new Federal executives and political appointees have come on-board and will continue to arrive over the next several months. Records management is one of the topics that is being addressed in briefings for new political appointees. Records created by top-level executive branch officials have continuing value for the Government and for future historical and research uses. To ensure that Federal agency officials are reminded that official records must remain in the custody of the agency, NARA issued Bulletin No. 2003-03, dated May 16, 2000. To help Federal officials gain a clear understanding of the applicable laws governing official records and personal collections of papers, NARA published the pamphlet "Documenting Your Public Service." Both of these publications are available on NARAs website:http://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/.
NEW DOI "PERSONAL PAPERS" BROCHURE: A synopsis of the information found in the above referenced guidance documents is available at the following the Records Management Program website to assist in distinguishing between Federal records and personal papers: Click Here. NOTE: This is a pdf file requiring Acrobat Reader.
NEW "MANAGING ELECTRONIC-MAIL" BROCHURE: A newly revised brochure in a user friendly format to assist employees by providing basic records management guidance relating to electronic mail records is available at DOI-RMP website: Click here.