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.
Environmental Cleanup and Liability Management Team
The ECLM Team manages the Central Hazardous Materials Fund (CHF) to support cleanup of contaminated sites located on DOI lands, as well as the Environmental and Disposal Liabilities (EDL) program.
The CHF supports program management, response actions, remedial investigations/feasibility and other advanced studies, and cleanups at sites where a release of hazardous substances has occurred (as defined in the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and for which the Department is the lead agency.
The EDL program is in response to requirements of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB). The Department is required by statute to annually determine and report its financial environmental liability. Department-wide environmental liability is the sum of all real and personal property environmental liability estimates prepared by DOI Bureaus. The statutory mandates for the determination of environmental liability began with the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 (CFO). The purpose of the CFO Act was to improve general and financial management practices in the federal government by requiring the development of an integrated financial management system, including financial reporting and internal controls.