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.
If you request a hearing, you will be allowed to present witnesses and evidence on your behalf. The Administrative Judge will have 180 days from the date the EEOC received your request for a hearing to conduct the hearing, issue findings and conclusions and a recommended decision on your complaint.
The hearing is recorded and transcribed verbatim. The Administrative Judge will issue a recommended decision and forward it to the Director, OEO.
If You Do Not Ask For A Hearing
If you do not ask for either a hearing or a decision without a hearing within 30 calendar days after you receive the notice of election described above, the Director, OEO, may issue an immediate final decision based upon the evidence in the ROI.
The Final Decision
The Departmental OEO as the esignee of the Secretary will issue you a final decision on your complaint within 60 calendar days from (a) the date of your request for en immediate decision, (b) the end of the 30-day period after you receive the notice of election, or (c) the date of its receipt of the Administrative Judge's recommended decision. The Departmental OEO must give you.
If a hearing has been conducted, copy of the Administrative Judge's recommended decision along with its final decision on your complaint. If the Director, OEO, decides to reject or modify the Administrative Judge's recommended decision, specific reasons must be provided for doing so in the final decision on your complaint.
If dissatisfied with the agency's final decision, you may, within 30 calendar days of the date on which you received the decision or notice of dismissal, appeal the decision to the Director, Office of Federal Operations, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, P.O. Box 19848, Washington, DC 20036.