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.
If you plan to file for unemployment compensation, download and print this form. Take this form along with your furlough notice and the other documents described on the form to your local public employment service office.
If you file for unemployment benefits, state unemployment offices are accustomed to having an SF50 Personnel Action to help adjudicate your claim. Federal agencies, following guidance from the Office of Personnel Management, are not issuing SF50s at this time. The Department of Labor advises that in addition to the SF8, you should provide the state unemployment office with a copy of your most recent Leave and Earnings statement. Your Leave and Earnings statement includes the monetary information state offices can use to determine the amount of unemployment benefits you may be eligible to receive. Department of Labor also recommends you provide a copy of your most recent W-2 would work as well. Both your Leave and Earning Statement and your W-2 can be downloaded from Employee Express at https://www.employeeexpress.gov/DefaultLogin.aspx. Please note that if Congress approves back-payment of wages after the shutdown and you have received unemployment benefits, you will be required to repay your unemployment benefits.
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