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.
To: All Equal Employment Opportunity Professionals
From: E. Melodee Stith, Director, Office for Equal Opportunity
Subject: Handbook on Complaints Processing
This Handbook represents the Department of the Interior's (Department) guidance to Equal Employment Opportunity Professionals responsible for processing complaints of employment discrimination filed against the Department. The Handbook encompasses all guidance that has been developed and disseminated through previous Equal Opportunity Directives and contains new guidance on areas not previously addressed. You should use this Handbook in conjunction with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's regulations at Title 29, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1614 and the corresponding Management Directive 110.
The information in the Handbook may be revised periodically with replacement pages of the concerned topic. Additions to the Handbook may also be made in the future concerning new topics. We anticipate that there will always be new case law developed that may impact the way we handle complaints.
The appendices in the back of the Handbook are samples of forms and letters which you may use or, you may use your own forms and formats. At a minimum, the information in your letters and forms should contain the information required by Federal regulations and Departmental guidance.
We sincerely hope this guidance will be helpful to you. If, at any time, you have technical questions about complaints processing, we encourage you to contact us. We're here to serve you.