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.
Section 508 Compliance Evaluation of Solicitations - Suggested Assessment Criteria
All solicitations are first assessed to determine if they include electronic and information technologies (E&IT). For those solicitations that do include E&IT-related deliverables (products, labor hours, or information content), all available documents are reviewed to see if Section 508 requirements or other accessibility factors are addressed in these documents. The solicitation is then scored as follows:
1. If no mention of Section 508 is found, the solicitation is scored as "red".
2. Solicitations that mention Section 508 requirements apply generally to product, labor hour or information content deliverables are scored as yellow.
3. When broad sections and/or specific provisions of the Access Board Standards are included, the solicitation is scored as green. Solicitations that claim a Section 508 exception are also scored as green if the documentation provides a coherent rationale for the exception.
*Note -Any applicable exceptions are not assumed. While these are rare, the possibility exists that some solicitations marked red have valid exceptions. Solicitations that included documented exceptions were scored green.
Although not specifically required, including any applicable exceptions in solicitations is a best practice that shows that the 508 Standards were considered by the requiring official. Resources: the Buy Accessible Wizard at www.buyaccessible.gov and the Buy Accessible Glossary found at that site can be used as references when preparing and reviewing solicitations. General Section 508 information is always available at www.Section508.gov. The Access Board technical standards can be found: http://www.access-board.gov/sec508/standards.htm. For technical assistance regarding Section 508, contact Sid Sharma at 202-219-0963