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 Regional Advisory Councils provide advice and recommendations to the Federal Subsistence Board about subsistence hunting, trapping, and fishing issues on Federal public lands. Membership on the Councils is one way for the public to become involved in the Federal regulatory process. Each Council has either 10 or 13 members.
Regional Advisory Council members are appointed by the Secretaries of the Interior and of Agriculture, usually to three-year terms. The Councils meet at least twice a year, in Sep/Oct and Feb/Mar. While Council members are not paid for their volunteer service, their transportation and lodging are pre-paid and per diem is provided for food and other expenses under Federal travel guidelines.
Review and make recommendations to the Federal Subsistence Board on proposals for regulations, policies, management plans, and other subsistence-related issues on Federal public lands within the region;
Develop proposals for the subsistence harvest of fish and wildlife; review proposals others submit;
Encourage and promote local participation in the decision-making process affecting subsistence harvests on Federal public lands;
Make recommendations on customary and traditional use determinations of subsistence resources; and,
Appoint members to National Park Subsistence Resource Commissions;
Provide open forum for public expression of opinions regarding any matter related to subsistence.
RESIDENT of the region member represents
RESOURCE KNOWLEDGE – Knowledge of the region's fish and wildlife resources
SUBSISTENCE USES – Knowledge of the region's subsistence uses, customs, and traditions
OTHER USES – Knowledge of the region's sport, commercial, and other uses
LEADERSHIP SKILLS – Leadership and experience with local regional organizations
COMMUNICATION SKILLS – Ability to communicate effectively
AVAILABILITY – Willingness to travel to attend two or more Council meetings each year (usually in October and February) and occasionally attend Federal Subsistence Board meetings.
Regional Council Member Appointment Process Overview
August 2014 - January 2015
Application period open for Regional Advisory Councils.
February - April 2015
Interagency Regional Nominations Panels conduct interviews and meet to rate and rank applicants.
Federal Subsistence Board reviews panel reports and develops recommendations.
September - December 2015
Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture review recommendations and appoint members to the Regional Advisory Councils. Appointments are typically made by December 2 each year.