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 Interior Regional Emergency Coordination Councils (I-RECCs) provide DOI bureaus and offices a mechanism to communicate and maintain liaison and coordination between I-RECC members and with each Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) region, including Regional Interagency Steering Committees (RISCs) and Regional Resource Coordination Centers (RRCCs). I-RECCs give DOI the ability to coordinate emergency activities across bureaus and offices. Members of the I-RECC are designated from each bureau/office that has capabilities or program equities within the region. Membership on the I-RECCs are coordinated through each Bureau's Emergency Coordinator and members have broad knowledge of their bureau's capabilities within the region.
The I-RECCs emergency management activities are coordinated with other Federal agencies as well as with State, local, and tribal governments. The I-RECCs are coordinating mechanisms and do not supplant the authority of bureaus or offices to manage resources within the region. The chairman of each I-RECC coordinates with I-RECC members to assure Departmental participation in regional emergency planning and response activities, and dissemination of information regarding these activities to all I-RECC members. At a minimum, I-RECCs meet quarterly.
Interior Regional Emergency Coordination Councils (I-RECCs) are located in the ten FEMA regions and in Alaska. The I-RECCs serve as a coordinating mechanism for emergency planning and response activities among the Interior bureaus which have lands or offices in the region, and provide points of contact for liaison with FEMA and other Federal, State, tribal and local agencies.