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 Museum Program (IMP) prepares a Department of the Interior Museum Property Management Summary Report (DOI Summary Report) annually. Each DOI Summary Report describes the resources, accomplishments, goals, and issues of the ten DOI bureaus and offices that manage museum collections. Each report is also a source of oversight for DOI museum collections and offers insights to the challenges the bureaus and offices face in managing museum collections as stewards for the American public.
Each bureau and office with museum collections submits an annual report to IMP detailing its museum collections based on a call for required information. The data and narratives in the bureau reports are analyzed by IMP staff who study trends over time and examine findings between the bureaus. They reconcile data in reports from previous years, identify and investigate anomalies, and update and refine data. In this way, each annual DOI Summary Report measures bureau performance, showcases bureau accomplishments, and brings persistent issues to light. This significant effort has given DOI and its bureaus a significantly better understanding of its collections.
Posting the annual Summary Reports online gives the public access to information about DOI collections and accomplishments, as well as the issues that the DOI currently faces in preserving and documenting its museum collections for the benefit of the American people. Recurring themes in the reports include: the estimated size and complexity of the DOI collections; accessioning and cataloging, including backlogs; preservation and conservation; inventory and accountability; the bureau and non-Federal facilities housing DOI collections; access and use of collections; and partnerships. The contents of the following DOI Summary Reports have evolved as recurring issues are addressed and new issues arise.