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.
For thousands of years, Alaska Natives harvest fish and wildlife resources.
Following the Alaska Purchase, the Federal government manages Alaska's fish and wildlife resources.
The Federal government transfers the authority to manage fish and wildlife in Alaska to the new State government.
Congress passes the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), which conveys to Alaska Natives title to more than 40 million acres of land and nearly $ 1 billion in compensation. ANCSA also extinguishes aboriginal hunting and fishing rights. The Conference Committee report expresses the expectation that the Secretary of the Interior and the State of Alaska would take the action necessary to protect the subsistence needs of Alaska Natives.
State subsistence law creates a priority for subsistence use over all other uses of fish and wildlife, but does not define subsistence users.
Congress passes the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), which protects the subsistence needs of rural Alaskans.
The Alaska Board of Fisheries and Game adopts regulations creating a rural subsistence priority. The State program is in compliance with ANILCA.
The Alaska Supreme Court rules that the rural residency preference violates the Alaska Constitution.
The Federal government begins managing subsistence hunting, trapping and fishing on Alaska's Federal public lands and non-navigable waters.
The Federal government adopts final subsistence management regulations for Federal public lands.
Federal Regional Advisory Councils are established.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rules that the Federal Subsistence Board should expand its management of subsistence fisheries to include all navigable waters in which the United States holds reserve water rights, such as waters on or next to wildlife refuges, national parks, and national forests. Congressional moratoriums prevent this ruling from taking effect until October 1, 1999.
Federal subsistence management expands to include fisheries on all Federal public lands and waters.
Secretary of the Interior announces comprehensive review of the Federal Subsistence Management Program.
Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture announce their decision to make a number of changes to the program.read more>>
Based on the review recommendations, the Secretaries of the Department of the Interior and Department of Agriculture issue a memorandum directing that the Federal Subsistence Board initiate several actions, including increasing the membership of the Federal Subsistence Board to include two public members representing rural subsistence users.
Two public members are appointed to the Federal Subsistence Board by the Secretaries. The Federal Subsistence Board adopts its Tribal consultation policy. The policy provides the framework for the Board's consultations with Federally recognized Tribes on ANILCA, Title VIII, subsistence matters under the Board's authority, while maintaining the central role of the Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils as advisors to the Board. The Board delayed development of an ANCSA corporation consultation policy, pending the release of the Department of the Interior's ANCSA corporations consultation policy.