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.
On May 24, 2011, the President issued a Memorandum on Federal Fleet Performance. Section 1 (b) of the Presidential Memorandum requires Agency executive fleets to achieve maximum fuel efficiency, be limited in motor vehicle body and engine size, and ensure optional equipment is limited to what is essential to meet Agency mission requirements. Additionally, the executive fleet vehicles are to be mid-sized or smaller, except where larger sedans are essential to the Agency mission.
The Memorandum requires that within 180 days of the date of issuance, any executive fleet vehicle larger than mid-size sedan, or which does not comply with the requirement of the vehicle(s) being an alternative fueled vehicle, must be disclosed on the Agency website. Executive fleet vehicles are defined as vehicles used primarily to transport Senior Executives (Heads of Agencies, Senior Executive Service (SES) employees, and General Officers).
The Department of the Interior Executive Fleet vehicles are listed below: