November is Manatee Awareness Month; but no matter what time of year it is, manatees deserve to be celebrated. These amazing creatures fulfill a unique niche by serving as indicator species for ecosystems across the United States. Because of their reliance on the health of their habitat, manatees often act as a signal of their environment’s well-being. NOAA photo by Michael Buchanan.
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.
Negotiation teams function on the basis of consensus. Teams utilize the expertise and ideas of team members in order to develop a comprehensive negotiation position for the Department. Team members are expected and encouraged to share their expertise and perspective on technical, factual, and policy matters with the team as it works toward developing a negotiation position. Team members may also be asked, and will be expected to, identify resources to assist the team in its deliberations and analyses. Team members are to serve as the principle resource for development of data, services, or other expertise from their respective agencies. Click here for more information about the negotiation teams.
The role of the Implementation teams is to ensure that a settlement is carried out and implemented in a manner calculated to achieve settlement success while taking into consideration all Department interests implicated in the settlement. Teams utilize the expertise and ideas of team members in order to implement the settlement. Team members are expected and encouraged to share their expertise and perspective on technical, factual and policy matters with team as it works toward final implementation. Team members may also be asked, and will be expected to, identify resources to assist the team implementing the settlement. Team members are to serve as the principle resource for development of data, services or other expertise from their agencies. Click here for more information about the implementation teams.
Assessment Teams are appointed by Working Group on Indian Water Settlements to help it determine whether it is appropriate for the Department to appoint a Federal Negotiation Team upon the request of an Indian tribe. Often, a tribe may be anxious for the appointment of a Negotiation Team, the situation is not ripe and fielding a team in support of negotiations would be premature. Appointment of a Federal Assessment Team helps the United States better understand the nature and extent of a tribe’s water rights claims, the position and interests of the various parties, and can help make the transition to a Federal Negotiation Team more fluid. Team members are expected to utilize their expertise and ideas on technical, factual, and policy matters in assessing whether a Federal Negotiation Team should be appointed. Team members are to serve as the principle resource for development of data, services, or other expertise from their agencies. Click here for more information about the assessment teams.