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.
On January 18, 2011, President Obama issued Executive Order 13563, which seeks to improve regulation and regulatory review. He stated that our "regulatory system must protect public health, welfare, safety, and our environment while promoting economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation" and it must "use the best, most innovative, and least burdensome tools to achieve regulatory ends."
DOI has completed its Final Plan for Retrospective Review of the Department's regulations.
The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, among other things, established the requirement for agencies to accept comments on potential rule-makings, electronically; making various materials including comments and rule-making materials publically available. The Department publishes all notices and rule-making documents in the Federal Register and welcomes any comments on potential rule-makings. They can be found here.
You can also visit Regulations.gov as another method of commenting of the Departments rule-making efforts.
Interior's complete regulations can be found here.
Becoming more flexible, reducing costs and all around improvement
On February 28, 2011, President Obama issued a memorandum that directs agencies to work with State, local, and tribal governments to identify opportunities to promote efficiency and reduce reporting and regulatory burdens.
To accomplish this, we invite comments on how well the Department's existing regulations and relationships with State, local and tribal governments are consistent with this memorandum and the principles of Executive Order 13563 and ways we can make our relationships with State, local, and tribal governments more efficient and effective.
Please send comments to RegsReview@ios.doi.gov. We will carefully review all comments, but we are not able to respond to them individually.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment -- including your personal identifying information -- may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.