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.
These DOI FTR Implementing Instructions CFR 300, 301, 302, 303 and 304, Federal Travel Regulation, are issued to implement and prescribe the agency policies required by the Federal Travel Regulation. These FTR Implementing Instructions are written in plain language format and are arranged in a sequence to mirror the Federal Travel Regulation when possible. Bureaus and Offices may supplement these policies with additional administrative procedures and restrictions; however, the Federal Travel Regulation and the Departmental Implementing Instructions may not be modified to allow a greater allowance than prescribed.
The requirements of the Federal Travel Regulation and the DOI FTR Implementing Instructions may not be waived to increase the entitlement of an employee since it is the responsibility of the Department to ensure equal and equitable treatment of all employees who are required to perform official travel for the benefit of the Government. Authority to establish regulations does not carry an implied authority to waive the established regulation in selected cases (37 CG 820).
DOI FTR Implementing Instructions are maintained by the Office of Financial Management, Assistant Secretary - Policy, Budget and Management. Additional travel guidance can be accessed here.