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 Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Agency Financial Report provides important financial and performance information for the Department of the Interior (DOI). It is DOI's principal publication to Congress and the American people on the stewardship, management, and leadership of the public funds and resources entrusted to us. For the seventeenth straight year, the consolidated financial statements in this report received a clean (unqualified) opinion from an independent auditing firm. In addition, DOI successfully addressed all prior year significant deficiencies. Unfortunately, two new significant deficiencies arose, one of which is material, but we are confident they can both be addressed in FY 2014.
FY 2013 Department of the Interior Data Maps
We believe a change in the reporting landscape is needed to feed today's media driven and information hungry society. Using ingenuity, focused analysis, and interactive data visualizations, DOI is moving reporting beyond the traditional financial statement model with a U.S. data map (www.doi.gov/pfm/afr/2013/maps) where visitors can customize their user experience by selecting several data sources to display the data that is most important to them rather than combing through a table of figures. Visitors can see the "who, what, and where" of DOI's $19 billion expenditures in FY 2013. In addition, it is our hope that increasing our financial data to public exposure with visualization tools (like the map) will add value by promoting transparency, increasing financial accountability and communicating information in a useful, relevant, and easily digestible manner. The DOI recognizes it is just scratching the surface of reporting possibilities and will continue to pioneer innovation in future financial reporting.
Please click the map below for the FY 2013 DOI Data Maps.