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.
I elect Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) of the issues that I presented to the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Counselor on (Date) .
I understand that having my issue(s) addressed through ADR process during the pre-complaint process can bring early resolution. The EEO-PLUS ADR process does not replace the current EEO complaint process. Rather, it is designed to enhance the resolution efforts.
In electing ADR, the pre-complaint processing period may continue up to ninety (90) days. The EEO Counselor will complete the intake functions of counseling (that is, obtain the information needed to determine the basis(es), claim(s), time), and provide me with the notice of rights and responsibilities before referring the dispute to the ADR process.
In order to facilitate resolution, I understand that all parties involved in the ADR process must be free to explore all options for resolution without fear of reprisal. Offers and statements made by the parties during the process cannot be used against either party if resolution fails. All discussions during the ADR process are confidential. If the issue is resolved, the terms of the resolution will be put in writing and signed by all parties.
If ADR fails, the EEO Counselor will issue the Notice of Final Interview and Right to File a Discrimination Complaint (NOFI) to me, and will prepare the Counseling Report pursuant to 1614.105(c). The report will contain relevant information about my complaint, jurisdiction, claims, bases, requested remedy, and related documents. The report will not provide a summary of the informal resolution attempt other than to indicate that I elected the ADR program and that the dispute was not resolved through this procedure.