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.
Program Goals: Departmental coordination and oversight of space assets and management programs to promote effective, professional management, equitable space standards across all bureaus, standardized bureau space selection processes, and collocation of bureaus where appropriate.
Create Handbook for the Management of Owned, Direct Leased and GSA-Provided Space
Complete a joint handbook to standardize bureau operations
Act as the sole intermediary between bureaus and GSA Central Office
Coordinate all bureau/office significant space management issues dealing with non-DOI organizations, including GSA
Create PAM Space Management Website as a bureau resource
Develop process for review of all major space proposals at the PAM level
Develop process for CPIC review of significant space proposals
Assist the DOI Budget Office with Exhibit 54 training for the bureaus and offices
Implement the DM Chapters using the implementation guidance already developed
Finalize the DM 425 Space Management
Complete timeline for implementation of guidance
Scorecard deliverables – performance metrics
Develop interface with the Asset Management Partnership / Space Coordination Council (SCC)/ Capital Planning and Investment Control group / 5-Year Deferred Maintenance and Capital Improvement Plan team
Improved professionalism of the SCC
Review 5-Year Space Management Plans annually
Create Boilerplate / Review submissions
Scorecard / AMP 3-Year Rolling Timeline deliverable
Review all Exhibit 54 submissions for consistency with the 5-Year Space Management Plan, asset disposition lists and the 5-Year Deferred Maintenance and Capital Improvement Plan
Use as a guide in collocation, consolidation and relocation recommendations
Ensure standardized leasing process among bureaus
Develop guidance for consistent leasing process throughout DOI
Explore Service First opportunities for collocation and relocation opportunities
Monitor bureau portfolios for opportunities of collocation, relocation and consolidation
Monitor Federal Real Property Profile (FRPP) for owned and direct leases and the Rent on the Web (ROW) GSA site for GSA-provided space to ensure consistency with internal documents and to identify collocation, relocations and consolidation opportunities