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.
January 22, 2010: Identify and publish online in an open format at least three high-value data sets and register those data sets via data.gov. Completed:Interior posted the high-value data sets by January 22, 2010.
Accountability / Data Integrity
January 22, 2010: Designate a high-level senior official to be accountable for the quality and objectivity of, and internal controls over, publicly-disseminated federal spending information. Completed:Interior Secretary Salazar has designated Andrew Jackson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Management and Budget, as our accountable official.
DOI.gov/Open Web Presence
February 6, 2010: Create an Open Government Web page to serve as the gateway for EPA activities related to the Open Government Directive. Completed: Interior posted the /Open Web page on February 5, 2010.
February 6, 2010: Incorporate a mechanism on the Open Government Web page to:
provide input on the Agency's Open Government Plan,
provide input about which information to prioritize for publication, and
give feedback on assessment of the quality of published information.
In addition, develop and staff a plan to respond to public input received on the Open Government Web page on a regular basis.
IdeaScale enables the public to suggest new ideas or vote and comment on other ideas. Interior management and staff will review and summarize public input received through IdeaScale and/or other means on a weekly basis.
Open Government Plan
April 7, 2010: Develop a plan for how the Agency will improve transparency and integrate public participation and collaboration into its activities.
On April 7, Interior published the DOI Open Government Plan. To ensure institutionalization and lasting sustainability of open government principals within DOI, this plan is purposely designed to be a living document – a frequently updated framework that provides direction throughout the Agency. The nature of this plan requires constant incorporation of feedback and is intended to be updated as frequently as each quarter. We encourage you to read our open government plan and provide us with feedback on ways you think it can be improved. Please direct any questions, comments, or suggestions to our Open Government Team at: firstname.lastname@example.org.