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.
You may file a FOIA appeal for any of the following reasons:
Records or parts of records responsive to your request have been withheld. The FOIA Appeals Officer must receive your appeal no later than 30 workdays from the date of the final response.*
The bureau/office informs you that you have not adequately described the records you are seeking, or that it doesn't possess responsive records and you have reason to believe it does or you question the adequacy of the bureau's search for responsive records. The FOIA Appeals Officer must receive your appeal no later than 30 workdays from the date of the final response.*
The bureau/office did not address all aspects of your request for records. The FOIA Appeals Officer must receive your appeal no later than 30 workdays from the date of the final response.*
You believe there is a procedural deficiency (e.g., fees are improperly calculated). The FOIA Appeals Officer must receive your appeal no later than 30 workdays from the date of the final response.*
A decision has not been made on your request within the time limits provided in § 2.16 of DOI's FOIA regulations. You may file an appeal any time after the time limit for responding to your request has passed.
Your request for a fee waiver has been denied. The FOIA Appeals Officer must receive your appeal no later than 30 workdays from the date of the letter denying the fee waiver.*
Your request for expedited processing has either been denied or not responded to on time. An appeal should be filed as soon as possible.
*Appeals arriving or delivered after 5 p.m. E.T., Monday through Friday, will be deemed received on the next workday. FOIA requests and appeals delivered via courier to the Main Interior Building will not be accepted after 4:30 p.m. EST due to the Department's security requirements.
If you want to file and appeal,you must submit your appeal and accompanying materials to the FOIA Appeals Officer by mail, courier service, fax, or email. All communications concerning your appeal should be clearly marked with the words: "FREEDOM OF INFORMATION APPEAL." Your appeal must be made in writing. You must include with your appeal copies of all correspondence between you and the bureau/office concerning your FOIA request, including your request and the bureau's/office's response (if there is one). Failure to include with your appeal all correspondence between you and the bureau/office will result in the Department's rejection of your appeal, unless the FOIA Appeals Officer determines (in the FOIA Appeal Officer's sole discretion) that good cause exists to accept the defective appeal.
What to Include with Your Appeal
You also should include, in as much detail as possible, any reason(s) why you believe the bureau's/office's response was in error. If you file an appeal concerning a fee waiver denial or a denial of expedited processing, you should demonstrate fully how the criteria in § 2.45-§ 2.48 of DOI's FOIA regulations are met. You also should state in as much detail as possible why you believe the initial decision was incorrect. Also include your name and daytime telephone number (or the name and telephone number of an appropriate contact), email address and fax number (if available) in case DOI needs additional information or clarification of your appeal.
DOI FOIA Appeals Office Contact Information
Department of the Interior Office of the Solicitor 1849 C Street, N.W. MS-6556 MIB Washington, DC 20240