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.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
The U.S. Department of the Interior Publishing Council was chartered on October 5, 1994. The Publishing Council recommends policies and procedures, coordinates research, and provides guidelines. The Publishing Council also advises the Director, Office of Information Resources Management; the Director, Office of Communications; and/or their respective designees. The Publishing Council may originate management issues concerning the Department-wide printing and publishing program effort and will respond through the Department on related matters presented from outside sources.
• Empower Bureau printing offices to manage their printing programs. • Work, interact, and exchange information and ideas in managing printing programs. • Periodically review Departmental publishing policies and procedures to determine program effectiveness and recommend changes. • Explore ways and means to share resources throughout the Department. • Collectively explore emerging, innovative technologies and recommend Department-wide adoption. • Assist and establish educational, training, and career development programs within the publishing community. • Represent the Department on the Inter-Agency Printing Council accomplishments.
• Developed a Charter for the Publishing Council. • Recommended revisions to the Departmental Manual, Part 314, "Printing and Publications" and rewrote chapters (approved by the Office of Information Resources Management and the Office of Communications). • Developed a Department-wide desk guide for printing specialists. • Developed Bureau review processes (approved by the Office of Communications). • Developed an overview presentation titled Steward and Custodian of Departmental Printing, a Strategic Plan, and establishing and approval memorandums, which are all available below. • Developed the DOI Copier Blanket Purchase Agreement for Multi-functional Devices, savings over the first five years was $9.2 million. • Developed a business model for assigning Billing Address Codes (BACs) unique for each bureau.
Publishing Council Supporting Documents
• Charter Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary September 18 and 21, 1994