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 FY 2012 Budget in Brief document summarizes and highlights the programs of the Department of the Interior and its FY 2010 President's budget request.
FY 2010 Agency Financial Report (AFR)
The FY 2010 AFR provides important financial and performance information for the Department of the Interior. It is our principal publication and report to Congress and the American people on our stewardship, management, and leadership of the public funds entrusted to us. For the thirteenth straight year, the consolidated financial statements in this report received a clean (unqualified) opinion from an independent auditing firm. In FY 2009, DOI has no material weaknesses and completed the AFR in 46 days.
Government Performance and Results Act Strategic Plan
The Department's FY2011 - FY2016 strategic plan is the linchpin that integrates DOI management. The plan organizes the Department's goals and department-level performance measures into four mission areas, with bureau inputs, outputs, and actions linked to these measures. Bureau plans tier from this cohesive framework.