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.
While GSA has overall administrative and operational responsibility for the Bison Bistro (our full-service cafeteria), the 4th Floor Snack Bar and the vending machines throughout the complex, the OFAS Support Services Division is responsible for serving as the liaison with GSA, Sodexo, the DC Government and Randolph Sheppard provideres for these services. Additionally Support Services is responsible for engaging the OFAS Building Operations organization for equipment maintenance as well as the cleanliness and general comfort (e.g., heating, air conditioning, lighting) of the areas. Please see the contact information below if you require assistance.
The Bison Bistro, opened in the summer of 2010, has a website in which you can view the weekly menu, access newsletters and provide feedback. The website is: https://usdoicatering.caterrax.com.
The Snack Bar is located on the 4th floor of the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building. It is operated under the auspices of a Randolph-Sheppard Act contract issued and administered by GSA. The snack bar offers a variety of choices including a sandwich bar, breakfast foods, snacks, prepackaged foods, and beverages.
There are vending machines located in mulitple locations of the MIB and SIB offering a variety of healthy food, snack and drink options. The locations are:
South Interior Building
Basement level in the break area (beverages & snacks)
Main Interior Building
7th floor: freight elevator lobby near 7400 corridor (beverages & snacks)
4th floor: freight elevator lobby near 4300 corridor (juices & snacks)
3rd floor: freight elevator lobby near 3400 corridor (beverages)
1st floor: alcove near 1600 corridor (beverages)
Basement: Main corridor outside of IDRA fitness center (beverages)
Basement: B200 in lobby area leading to employee courtyard (beverages & snacks)
If you need assistance related to these services, you may contact the OFAS service desk on (202) 208-2222, or one of the individuals below: