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.
Departmental & Bureau Technology Transfer Policies & Procedures
The Department of the Interior's policies and procedures for technology transfer are outlined in the Departmental Manual (DM) Chapter on Technology Transfer, and should be read in conjunction with the Delegation of Authority to Assistant Secretaries and Bureau Directors provided in 207 DM 8. Bureaus will, if necessary, develop new or modify existing bureau policies and procedures consistent with the DM chapter and their level of involvement and expertise related to research and innovation, mission, and availability of resources.
The Department's policies and procedures are derived from Federal legislation and policy relevant to Technology Innovation. Additional bureau policies and procedures can be accessed via the following links:
Finally, the Department's Prize Competition Guidelines for conducting and administering prize challenges to advance technological innovation consistent with the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 were established on April 5, 2015.