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.
From: Carolyn M. Burrell, Assistant Director, Complaints Processing and Adjudication
Subject: Alternative Dispute Resolution - Monthly Reporting Forms
This Directive is to provide you with a standard format for your use in reporting Bureau/Office activities relative to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). In order to evaluate the overall effectiveness and success of ADR, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission requires that we report, annually, on our progress with implementation of ADR programs. This office also reviews activities of Bureaus to determine how often ADR is utilized and to try and determine its effectiveness in resolving disputes. Toward this end, we are monitoring the training and education of employees on the program, the types of issues being taken to ADR, the profile of employees participating in ADR, and money expended both in training and in settlement activities.
Up to this point, we have received very few voluntary reports from Bureaus/Offices and there has been little consistency in the reporting of ADR activities. Therefore, for your convenience, we have developed the attached forms to report ADR activities during both the informal (pre-complaint) and formal stages. Please feel free to reproduce this report as necessary. We are requesting that you use this reporting format only when providing information to this office on ADR activities. The report should be attached to your monthly complaints status report when it is sent to our office. For the convenience of those Bureaus that submit their monthly complaints status reports electronically, the reporting format is also being provided via electronic transmission.
As a point of clarification, any ADR activity that is engaged in during the EEO Counseling stage, or after initial counselor contact, is to be reported on the Informal reporting form. Any ADR activity that is engaged in after the filing of a formal (written) complaint and prior to a complainant's election for final decision are to be reported on the Formal reporting form. We are not using this report for ADR activities engaged in as a result of settlement negotiations for cases pending before an EEOC administrative judge. A key to the ADR report is provided that defines terms used in the categories and provides instructions on how to complete each category.
You should begin submitting this report effective with submission of your monthly complaints status report for the month ending June 30, 2001. We are further requesting that your first report cover the time period commencing October 1, 2000 and ending June 30, 2001. All reports, thereafter, should only reflect ADR activities for the month being reported on. Finally, two ADR reports (one for informal activity and one for formal activity) should be submitted each month even if there has been no activity.
For your assistance, we are also providing you with a sample report (completed). Please share this information with your field organizational units.
Attachments - Reporting Format
Key to ADR Report
(Call 202-208-4015 for attachments)
DISTRIBUTION: Bureau and Office Equal Opportunity Managers
INQUIRIES: Carolyn M. Burrell, Assistant Director, Complaints Processing and Adjudication, (202) 208-4015