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.
300-1.1 - Are the requirements stated in the Federal Travel Regulation and 347 DM DOI FTR Implementing Instructions applicable to all employees and entities of the Department of the Interior?
Yes, all employees of the Department are covered by the Federal Travel Regulation and 347 DM DOI FTR Implementing Instructions. The Office of the Inspector General has authority to issue their own travel regulations; however, they have elected to follow the Department's guidance.
300-1.2 - Are the requirements stated in the Federal Travel Regulation and 347 DM DOI FTR Implementing Instructions applicable to contractors of the Department of the Interior?
Contractors are not covered unless the specific contract references the Federal travel Regulation and 347 DM DOI FTR Implementing Instructions and makes them a requirement of the contract.
300-1.3 - Are the requirements stated in the Federal Travel Regulation and 347 DM DOI FTR Implementing Instructions applicable to Tribal Government employees whose travel is funded by federal grants?
Tribal Government employees must meet the requirements of the specific grant. If the Tribal agreement requires compliance, then the employees must comply.
300-1.4 - Are employees of a nonprofit organization performing work for the Department covered by 347 DM DOI FTR Implementing Instructions?
Employees of nonprofit organizations performing work for the Department are not covered unless the employee meets the requirements to be considered a Government employee.
300-1.5 - Will the Department provide contractor employees performing Departmental work for a contractor a travel authorization and pay their travel vouchers?
No, the Department does not have authority to issue travel authorizations to contractors or contractor employees. The contractor must pay the employee and be reimbursed through the contract process.
300-1.6 - When does a bureau/office have the same authority to approve or disapprove travel entitlements as an agency?
When that specific authority has been delegated to the Program Assistant Secretary in 205 DM 15 and subsequently delegated to the bureau/ office by the Program Assistant Secretary.