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.
The attacks of September 11th, Hurricane Katrina, and the continued threat of terrorism has mandated the development of a cadre of professionals across the government who possess a broad understanding of our Nation's national security objectives beyond their own agency's missions. The National Security Professional Development (NSPD) Program ensures current and future professionals in national security positions possess the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to lead and execute coordinated, effective national security operations.
The Department of the Interior is one of seventeen federal agencies participating in the NSPD. The Department has indentified SES and GS 13-15 employees responsible for becoming National Security Professionals (NSP) to help carry out the goals of the NSPD Program.
The goal of the NSPD is to ensure that national security professionals:
Better understand partner organizational objectives and mission requirements, interdependencies and synergies between the public and private sectors, and different organizational cultures
Transcend organizations, levels of government, missions, and specific national security disciplines
Improve their overall capability to safeguard national security in a dynamic risk environment