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.
Nominations for National Geospatial Advisory Committee Sought
Office of the Secretary
The Department of the Interior today announced a call for nominations for appointment to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC).
The NGAC provides recommendations and advice to the federal government on national geospatial policy issues and the management of national geospatial programs and allows the Federal government to hear views and opinions that are representative of partners in the geospatial community. Under the authority of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of the Interior established NGAC on behalf of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), which includes 32 federal agencies with geospatial responsibilities.
"Geospatial information and technology are essential and growing components of our economy, and play a vital role in helping us manage our resources and achieve critical national goals,” said Anne Castle, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science, who serves as Chair of the FGDC. “The National Geospatial Advisory Committee provides a valuable service in supplying critical advice on important geospatial issues and in working together with the FGDC to pursue the common goal of advancing the use and effectiveness of geospatial information."
The NGAC includes up to 30 members, selected to generally achieve a balanced representation of the viewpoints of the various types of entities involved in national geospatial activities, including all levels of government, nonprofits, academia and the private sector. NGAC members are appointed for staggered terms, and approximately 10 positions on the committee will be appointed during this round of appointments.
Nominations for appointment to the NGAC should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 19, 2012. Nominations may come from employers, associations, professional organizations, or other geospatial organizations and should include:
A nomination letter summarizing the nominee's qualifications and interest in NGAC membership and describing the nominee's ability to represent a sector or stakeholder group.
A biographical sketch, resume, or vita.
One letter of reference and the names and contact information of two additional references.
Contact information for the nominee (name, title, organization, mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number).
Additional information about the nomination process is posted on the NGAC web page at www/fgdc.gov/ngac.
Individuals who are currently federally registered lobbyists are ineligible to serve on all FACA and non-FACA boards, committees or councils.
Final selection and appointment of NGAC members will be made by the Secretary of the Interior. Members of the Committee serve without compensation. However, members may be reimbursed for per diem and travel expenses incurred while attending Committee meetings in accordance with the Federal travel regulations as implemented by the Department of the Interior.
The NGAC operates under the requirements of FACA. The purpose of FACA, which was enacted by the Congress in 1972, is to ensure that advice rendered to the executive branch by the various advisory committees, task forces, boards and commissions formed over the years by Congress and the President, is both objective and accessible to the public. FACA formalized a process for establishing, operating, overseeing, and terminating these advisory bodies. The U.S. General Services Administration is responsible for implementing FACA. Additional information may be found at the FACA web site (www.gsa.gov/faca).
Additional information about the NGAC, including the current Charter, may be found on the NGAC web site at www.fgdc.gov/ngac.