November is Manatee Awareness Month; but no matter what time of year it is, manatees deserve to be celebrated. These amazing creatures fulfill a unique niche by serving as indicator species for ecosystems across the United States. Because of their reliance on the health of their habitat, manatees often act as a signal of their environment’s well-being. NOAA photo by Michael Buchanan.
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.
OST's Office of Trust Records (OTR) was established in 1999 to develop and implement a program for the economical and efficient management of trust records in compliance with the American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-412) and the Federal Records Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 31 Records Management by Federal Agencies). The OTR records management program was developed, implemented, and continues to evolve to ensure that Indian records are maintained, records retention schedules are consistent with program needs, and records are safeguarded throughout their life-cycles.
The Director of OTR, also referred to as the Records Officer, reports to the Deputy Special Trustee for Program Management and is responsible for management of OST and Indian Affairs records programs, consistent with requirements set forth in the Federal Records Act. OTR provides records management services to OST and Indian Affairs. Indian Affairs is comprised of the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs (AS-IA), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), and the Office of Justice Services (OJS). OTR also provides services to other Department of the Interior bureaus and offices that create Indian trust records: the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA), the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR), the National Business Center (NBC), and the Office of the Solicitor (SOL).
There are two OTR divisions: Division of Records Management Policies, Procedures, and Training (DRMPPT) and the Division of Records Management Operations (DRMO).
Pictured left to right: Yolanda Montoya (Program Analyst), Michelle Tenorio (DRMPPT Division Chief), Karen Foster (OTR Director), Benedict David (Northern and Southern Field Staff Supervisor)