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.
Bernard Mazer Selected as Interior Chief Information Officer
Office of the Secretary
Last edited 4/25/2016
WASHINGTON, DC -- Bernard J. Mazer has been selected to serve as the Department of the Interior's Chief Information Officer, effective June 7, 2010. Before joining the Department, he served as the Chief Information Officer for one of its agencies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where he aligned regulatory and information technology infrastructure to support strategic wildlife habitat and conservation initiatives.
“Bernie brings to this position more than twenty-five years of invaluable government and private business experience in the field of information technology and communications,” said Andrew Jackson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Technology, Information and Business Services. “As a result of his leadership at the FWS, the delivery of IT resources continued to improve in spite of budgetary pressures and an ever-increasing workload.”
According to Jackson, Mazer's 16 years experience in project management and 10 plus years experience in program development will help him tackle complex and challenging projects to move the Department's IT agenda forward. “We will build common, Department-wide IT enterprise services with an emphasis on innovation, cost efficiencies and customer satisfaction,” Jackson said.
As Chief Information Officer for the FWS, Mazer improved and streamlined the bureau's IT capital investment review, empowered the Chief Technology Officer Council with management of information and technology standards, and began to create a true IT service catalog. Before his appointment to the FWS in 2008, Mazer served at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID ) as deputy director and chief of the Information Communications and Technology team located within the Infrastructure and Engineering Office in the Economic Growth Agriculture and Trade Bureau. At USAID, he provided technical leadership and field support to USAID missions overseas in the areas of energy, information and communications technology, and engineering services. He also was involved in the development of IT security best practices and led the implementation of procedures for Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC) of IT investments through the rigorous application of project management principles.
Previously, Mr. Mazer worked in the Department of Defense in information management and telecommunications in the United States, Europe and Southwest Asia. He served as a Community Director of Information in Europe where he was responsible for automation, communications, IT security and privacy, records management and the Freedom of Information Act.
Before his service at DOD, Mazer was an instructor for the University of Maryland, European Division, where he taught information management courses on such topics as relational databases, operating systems, and business process design. He also worked in the deployment of standardized installation support systems for the US Army. Mazer, a certified Project Management Professional, has a Master's Degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and a Master's Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.