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 - Post Government Employment
Question: On post employment, Joshua recently retired as a GS-15 attorney/advisor for the Solicitor's Office. He was asked by officials of the Pawnee Indian Tribe to represent the Tribe in a mineral royalty dispute before the Bureau of Land Management. Joshua was involved in the beginning phase of this particular dispute when he was employed by the Department. Will the post employment laws allow Joshua to represent the Pawnee Tribe before the Department?
Answer: The answer is yes. Under the provisions of 25 USC 450i(j), a former employee may be assigned to represent a recognized Tribe on a particular matter before an agency of the United States. The former employee may do this without violating the post employment laws. If the matter was one in which the former employee was involved in as a Federal employee. the former employee is required to notify (in writing) the head of the agency of his or her plan to represent the Tribe before the Agency. See 18 U.S.C. §207
Question: I'm interested in leaving the Government and working for a company that my agency does business with? May I give the company my résumé?
Answer: You may; however, the prospective employer could be affected by projects and other matters you work on for the Government. If the projects to which you are assigned affect your prospective employer, then you may need to stop working on that project, i.e., recuse or disqualify yourself.