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.
The Office of the Secretary's Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance (OEPC) provides national leadership and direction in the coordination and development of environmental policy and program evaluation. It provides for a coordinated and unified approach and response to environmental issues that affect multiple bureaus in order to ensure that the Department speaks as one entity with respect to those issues. It provides guidance for the Department's compliance with the full range of existing environmental statutes, executive orders, regulations and other requirements.
Cheryl Kelly Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance 1849 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20240 Telephone: 202–208–7565
The Department of the Interior Seeks Your Comments on the Draft 2016-2020 Environmental Justice Strategic Plan
WASHINGTON, D.C. April 15, 2016 – The Department of the Interior (the Department) released its draft 2016-2020 Environmental Justice Strategic Plan. The Department updated its environmental justice strategic plan to increase interagency cooperation and participation opportunities for minority, low-income, American Indian and Alaska Native Communities, and Tribal governments.
While the Department is committed to protecting the environment and health of all communities, the Department’s environmental justice strategy is particularly focused on ensuring that minority and low-income communities do not suffer from disproportionate adverse environmental impacts. Ultimately, the Department strives to achieve its environmental justice goals through integration into its programs, policies, and activities to help ensure all people – including minority and low-income populations – receive fair treatment and the opportunity to engage and meaningfully inform the Department’s decision-making processes.
“As custodian of the Nation’s natural resources and heritage, it is vitally important that our management of these resources is done in a manner that is equitable, accessible, and inclusive of all populations. I am pleased to reaffirm the Interior Department’s commitment to addressing environmental justice with our draft 2016-2020 Environmental Justice Strategic Plan” said Kris Sarri, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget. “I encourage the public to review and comment on this plan and look forward to continuing the work with communities to achieve environmental justice for all Americans.”
The Federal Register Notice can be found at the following link: Notice.
Written comments may be submitted via email to mailed to Environmental Justice, U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance (MS-2462), 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington DC, 20240. Comments are due by May 16, 2016.
Please contact Cheryl Kelly, DOI’s Environmental Justice Coordinator, at 202-208-7565 with any questions.
Environmental Justice (EJ) On-LineTraining Available on DOI Learn-(Introduction to Environmental Justice)-Students may register on DOI Learn: http://www.doi.gov/DOILearn/
EJ Training Purpose: To increase DOI employees' awareness of the Federal Government requirement to incorporate the principles of EJ into programs, policies, and activities that might adversely impact human health or the environment.
Responses to Comments Received at Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (EJ IWG) Public Forums
During the period of April-August 2011 the EJ IWG held public forums across the country to discuss best practices and model programs pertaining to environmental justice. As part of the EJ IWG's commitment to the public, comments and concerns were captured during the forums to be addressed by Federal agencies as appropriate.
Responses to Comments Received at the 2011 Alaska Forum on the Environment
On February 7-11, 2011, EJ IWG held a community dialogue in Anchorage, AK. The Department of the Interior participated in that dialogue. As part of the EJ IWG's commitment, concerns of the community were recorded at that meeting.