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.
RECORDS MANAGEMENT GUIDANCE FOR NEW FEDERAL EXECUTIVES AND POLITICAL APPOINTEES
Now that the political transition is nearing completion, many new Federal executives and political appointees have come on-board and will continue to arrive over the next several months. Records management is one of the topics that is being addressed in briefings for new political appointees. Records created by top-level executive branch officials have continuing value for the Government and for future historical and research uses. To ensure that Federal agency officials are reminded that official records must remain in the custody of the agency, NARA issued Bulletin No. 2003-03, dated May 16, 2000. To help Federal officials gain a clear understanding of the applicable laws governing official records and personal collections of papers, NARA published the pamphlet "Documenting Your Public Service." Both of these publications are available on NARAs website:http://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/.
NEW DOI "PERSONAL PAPERS" BROCHURE: A synopsis of the information found in the above referenced guidance documents is available at the following the Records Management Program website to assist in distinguishing between Federal records and personal papers: Click Here. NOTE: This is a pdf file requiring Acrobat Reader.
NEW "MANAGING ELECTRONIC-MAIL" BROCHURE: A newly revised brochure in a user friendly format to assist employees by providing basic records management guidance relating to electronic mail records is available at DOI-RMP website: Click here.