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.
The Director of OTR is also the Records Officer (RO) for OST and Indian Affairs. The RO serves as the agency's senior technical expert on the agencies' electronic, paper, and all other records, and addresses records management issues.
Under the direction of the RO, the efficient management of administrative, program, and trust records is accomplished 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 RO is responsible for leading, planning, and managing the agency's records management program. Some functions required of the RO include:
Managing the creation, maintenance, receipt, delivery, custody and control, processing, inventory, database management, and maintenance of Indian records and their accession and disposition, transfer, storage, security, and safety to ensure document preservation
Implementing the design, installation, training, implementation, and maintenance of an automated records management system that support overall records management and litigation support program requirements
Planning, controlling, directing, organizing, training, promoting, and performing other managerial activities for a comprehensive records management program for Indian Affairs and OST
Developing and managing the fiduciary trust records management program in concert with other Department of the Interior (DOI) bureaus and offices
Coordinating records management activities with other agencies such as the National Archives and Records Administration, the Department of Justice, and the Office of Management and Budget