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.
Mr. Stephen McEntegart is currently Acting Director of the Office of Business Services for the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO).
Mr. McEntegart has worked for over 30 years at the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) for various bureaus and departmental offices as a geologist, physical scientist, program analyst/specialist, and budget analyst including the Bureau of Mines, the Office of Surface Mining, the Minerals Management Service and the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management.
In 2003, Mr. McEntegart joined DOI's Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians where he initially served as the Budget Officer and then as the Director of Budget, Finance and Administration where he was responsible for budget and coordinating with Departmental shared service providers for finance, human resource and acquisition services. He was also responsible for general administrative services including space, property, vehicles, facilities, health, safety and charge card programs. In 2011, Mr. McEntegart began supporting DOI's OCIO as budget analyst and in July 2014, he began acting as OCIO's Director of the Office of Business Services. As the acting Director, Mr. McEntegart oversees the OCIO's budget and is responsible for aquisition, financial, adminstrative, and human resources services for the OCIO.
Mr. McEntegart graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from Adelphi University, NY. He is married with 4 children and lives in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.