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: New York District Office - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The purpose of this Directive is to provide you with information on the status of complaint cases that are pending hearing in the New York District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The New York District Office of the EEOC was located in the World Trade Center. Fortunately all of the staff were safely evacuated and have been accounted for; however, the New York District office and all its contents, including case files and other materials stored there were destroyed on September 11th. The EEOC does have computerized records of pending cases.
All efforts are being made to reopen the New York Office as soon as possible and once a location or locations have been identified to which files can be sent, the EEOC will be asking that copies of the official case files be re-submitted for each case that was pending hearing for which files were lost. (Some files were in the Boston office and the Administrative Judges had some files in locations other than the New York Office.) To ensure that their electronic records are as complete as possible, at that time, Agencies will also be asked to send copies of any requests for hearing received from complainants on or after August 13, 2001. Therefore, please take the time to determine what cases, if any, your Bureau may have had that were pending hearing before an administrative judge in New York, or the submission of documentation or other information to that office.
Until we receive specific instructions from the administrative judge or other EEOC staff, no information or materials are to be submitted to the New York District Office. Further, in those instances in which Administrative Judges have already issued instructions or orders, or scheduled a hearing, you should not expect that the matter will proceed as planned or ordered. The administrative judges or other EEOC staff will be in contact with this office within the next few weeks to make arrangements as needed. As we receive further guidance and requests we will advise you of such.
For your information we are providing, as attachments to this Directive, copies of the electronic mail communication from the Director, Federal Sector Programs, EEOC and the letter from Cari M. Dominiguez, Chair, EEOC regarding the situation with the New York District Office. Upon receipt of further information regarding these matters, we will be in communication with you.
Attachments (2) - Please call 202-208-5693.
DISTRIBUTION: Bureau and Office Equal Opportunity Officers
INQUIRIES: Carolyn M. Burrell, Assistant Director, Complaints Processing and Adjudication, 202-208-3442