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.
On July 13, 2000, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 794d), as amended, was written into law. Section 508 applies to the Federal government when developing, procuring, maintaining, or using electronic and information technology (EIT). Under Section 508, Federal departments and agencies must ensure that the EIT allows individuals with disabilities (Federal employees and members of the public) access to, and use of information and data, in a way that is comparable to individuals without disabilities, regardless of the type or medium of technology.
The Department of the Interior (DOI) is committed to ensuring the accessibility of its websites, software, hardware, multimedia, and telecommunications. If an individual believes that a bureau or office has failed to procure EIT conforming to Section 508, that individual has the right to file a complaint with the DOI Office of Civil Rights (OCR).
The OCR shall apply the complaint procedures outlined in 43 CFR Part 17, Subpart E, which are established to implement Section 504 for resolving allegations of discrimination in a Federally conducted program or activity. Complaints must be submitted in writing to DOI’s OCR at the following address:
U.S. Department of the Interior Attn: Director, Office of Civil Rights 1849 C Street, N.W. MS-4309 Washington, D.C. 20240