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.
Frequently Asked Questions - Gifts in General from Outside Sources
Gifts from Domestic and Private Sources
Question: When is a gift given because of an employee's official position?
Answer: If the gift would not have been offered or given if you held some other position, or if it is offered or given because you work where you work and/or have your duties in the Agency. See 5 CFR § 2635.203(e)
Question: You are a Hydrologist program specialist/researcher. An agricultural cooperative that has business dealings with the Department invites you to participate in an all-expense paid tour of the farms and processing facilities of the members of the cooperative. It does not matter to the cooperative whether you participate in a private capacity or on official time. May you accept the invitation?
Answer: The agricultural cooperative is a prohibited source that offered the all-expense tour because of your official position. The offer does not meet any exclusion or exception that would permit you personally to accept.
Your agency cannot accept the gift of travel because the proposed travel does not meet the "meeting or similar function" definition of the regulatory authority for accepting travel and expenses for travel for non-Federal sources. 41 C.F.R. §304-1.2(c)(3).