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.
2015-2017 Federal Subsistence Fish and Shellfish Proposals
The Office of Subsistence Management is accepting proposals through March 28, 2014to change Federalregulations for the subsistence harvest of fish and shellfish on Federal public lands. Proposed changes are for April 1, 2015 through March 31, 2017.
Please submit the information noted belowto propose changes to harvest limits, season dates, methods and means of harvest, orcustomary and traditional use determinations. Submit a separate proposal for each change you propose. If you live in a resident zone community of a national park or national monument, or if you already hold a Section 13.440 subsistence use permit issued bya National Park Service superintendent, you may apply for an individual customary and traditional use determination.
How to Prepare Your Proposal
When preparing your proposal, it is important that you include the following information:
·Address, Phone, Fax and Email
·What your proposal suggests a change to (indicate all that apply)
oMethod and means of harvest
oCustomary and traditional use determination
Your proposal should also answer the following questions:
1.What regulations do you wish to change? Include management unit number and species. Quote the current regulation if known. If you are proposing a new regulation, please state “new regulation.”
2.How should the new regulation read? Write the regulation the way you would like to see it written in the regulations.
3.Why should this regulation change be made?
4.What impact will this change have on fish or shellfish populations?
5.How will this change affect subsistence users?
6.How will this change affect other users, i.e., sport/recreational and commercial?
After answering these questions, you are encouraged to attach any additional information that would support your proposal.