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.
Subject: USPS Mail and Timeliness of Complaints Processing
As many of you know, Interior's buildings which are located in Washington, D.C. have not received mail through the United States Postal Service since October 19, 2001, due to Anthrax contamination at USPS facilities located in the District and other postal facilities located throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.. Field installations may or may not be affected by this delay, but some EEO correspondence goes through the Main Interior building to the Field.
The USPS resumed mail delivery to Interior's mail room on November 20, 2001. However, mail delivery to the Department's Office for Equal Opportunity, to date, has been limited to bulk mail, such as magazines, newspapers, mail solicitation. It may take some time until OEO receives official correspondence, files, and other documents related to complaints processing.
In the meantime, in efforts to assure timeliness in complaints processing, we are asking you to use other methods of transmitting time sensitive complaints correspondence, i.e., filing of complaints (Form DI-1892), Administrative Judges Decisions, Notice of Appeal (Appendix O, MD-110) with briefs in support of appeals, Report of Investigations, files, hearing transcripts, Equal Employment Opportunity Orders and other documentation as appropriate through faxes, electronic mail, FEDEX, UPS, and courier. Also, it would serve the Agency to be lenient to complainants, regarding time frames used for Notices of Final Interviews, Election Notices, etc., when they have been inadvertently affected by this delay in mailing, as well as, making appropriate dismissal reviews considering the delay.
Further, if you are aware of any AJ decision or appeals filed since October 19, 2001, please notify us and/or send us a copy of the AJ's decision or appeal by facsimile immediately.
We also ask you to communicate this EOD to complainants and other individuals involved in complaints processing, including EEO staff, bureau EEO counselors, and attorneys. This EOD will remain in effect until this Office ceases to be affected by the mail delay and voids this guidance.
Distribution: All Bureau/Office Equal Opportunity Officers
Inquiries: Mercedes Flores, Chief of Staff, Office for Equal Opportunity, (202) 208-6120