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.
Trust Asset and Accounting Management System (TAAMS)
One longtime reform project that greatly benefited from FTM reengineering was TAAMS.
TAAMS Title – maintains and tracks land title documents, including supporting revenue distribution, invoicing, acquisitions and all legal details relating to land transactions; provides easy access to title information
The TAAMS Title module contains both current and historical titles. Some historical titles in the system date back to original land grants. The legacy Land Record Information System (LRIS) was fully converted to the TAAMS software in January 2006.
TAAMS Leasing – establishes, tracks and manages various contracts, such as surface area, mineral, rights of way and range; automates invoicing, collections and revenue distributions using captured payment information
The TAAMS Leasing module tracks leases of Indian assets. BIA converted leasing data from BIA's old, multiple legacy systems to TAAMS. Selected data interfaces with TFAS to ensure that both systems have accurate and complete title, leasing and financial information.
TAAMS Reports – provides for customized reports in areas such as land utilization, title status, owner inventory, lands available for leasing, chain of title history and distribution of income
OST provides beneficiaries with asset statements that identify sources of funds, a listing of assets owned and any active encumbrances, as required by the American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994. Prior to this process, beneficiaries' statements only included information on account balances and account transactions.