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.
DOI Vendor Communication Plan - Information for Vendors
The Department of the Interior (DOI) is committed to:
Communicating early, frequently, and constructively with industry;
Including small businesses and subgroups of small businesses in communications with industry;
Including vendors that the agency has not worked with in the past;
Identifying publicly which procurements are likely to involve opportunities for additional communication with industry; and
Protecting non-public information, including vendors' confidential information and the agency's source selection information.
Opportunities for communication with industry, such as pre-solicitation and/or pre-proposal conferences, requests for information, and other vendor engagement events, will be publicized using the existing “special notices” function on the Federal Business Opportunities website at https://www.fbo.gov/.
DOI Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) conducts or participates in small business outreach and training sessions for vendors and employees on a regular basis throughout the year. The OSDBU calendar of events is posted publicly at http://www.doi.gov/pmb/osdbu/calendar.cfm, and it includes information not only on events the DOI OSDBU attends, but also any events that may be of interest to small businesses, including outreach and matchmaking sessions held by other agencies, vendors, and trade associations and chambers of commerce.
DOI has issued guidance to our contracting activities on appropriate criteria and techniques for obtaining vendor input during the acquisition process.