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.
Departmental Manual (DM), Part 314: Printing and Publications
Chapter 1: Purpose, Policy, and Procedures December 1, 2004 PDF File Assigns responsibility for Departmental printing policy to the U.S. Department of the Interior Publishing Council under the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Business Management and Wildland Fire. Requires Departmental printing program activities, policies, and initiatives as executed or proposed by the Publishing Council to be coordinated through the Office of Acquisition and Property Management. Assigns to the Publishing Council those responsibilities specified in the Joint Committee on Printing (JCP) regulations, which are designated for the Department's central printing and publications management organizations.
Chapter 2: Requests for Printing Services May 6, 1997 PDF File Describes the methods and sources for Federal printing procurement.
Chapter 3: Official Identifications and Use May 6, 1997 PDF File Describes the use of Departmental identifications, proper use of seals, and various other items such as mission statements, signatures, and Presidential seals.
Chapter 4: Sales, Distribution, and Reference Sources May 6, 1997 PDF File Describes the methods for distribution of information to the public through Federal sources such as the Superintendent of Documents, Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), National Technical Information Service (NTIS), and the Departmental Natural Resources Library.
Chapter 5: GPO Regional Printing May 6, 1997 PDF File Describes Bureau responsibilities when processing printing procurements.
Chapter 6: Letterhead Stationary May 6, 1997 PDF File Describes Departmental letterhead policy and specifications.
Chapter 7: Library Binding May 6, 1997 PDF File Describes the library binding contract used for books, periodicals, serials, and other publications often in need of rebinding for protection of contents, etc.
Chapter 8: Required Reports May 6, 1997 PDF File Identifies the required Joint Committee on Printing (JCP) reports and provides a schedule of when they are due.
Chapter 9: Reprographics Management May 6, 1997 PDF File Transfers the responsibility for the Reprographics Program to the Bureaus and describes those responsibilities.