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.
Interior Selects Niche Records Management System to Support Department's Law Enforcement and Security Operations
Office of the Secretary
IT software system connects 6,000 law enforcement officers and administrators across the nation
Last edited 4/25/2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of the Interior has selected Niche Technology Inc.'s Records Management System to implement Interior's nationwide, integrated law enforcement and security information and records management system, creating one of the largest geographic law enforcement data sharing deployments in the world.
The Niche Records Management System will enable seamless data sharing for the Department's Incident Management Analysis and Reporting System, or IMARS, which serves more than 6,000 Interior law enforcement officers and administrators from several bureau enforcement programs as well as Native American tribes across the nation.
Niche's system will support the operations of Interior's Office of Law Enforcement and Security as well as agencies with law enforcement and security responsibilities, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service. The total contract value for the project, including licensing and associated services over the four-year period of performance, is about $9.9 million.
Interior has the Executive Branch's third largest police force -- with responsibility for protecting people, natural and cultural resources, and facilities on more than 500 million acres of Interior-managed lands. These resources include Indian trust lands, national icons/monuments, national parks, wildlife refuges, public lands, recreational areas, dams and significant portions of the U.S. border. Many of the sites are in remote, isolated locations.
“The information sharing potential of IMARS will greatly enhance the safety of law enforcement officers and the people and lands they protect,” said Kim Thorsen, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Law Enforcement, Security and Emergency Management. IMARS will also provide better information to focus security on protecting key assets and critical infrastructure. This day is long overdue. It's time to move forward with implementing a system that will increase safety and security for our people and our nation.”