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.
In accordance with 41 CFR 102-74,405 and 310 DM 13, the use of alcoholic beverages in DOI occupied or controlled facilities is allowed only if a prior written exemption by the Secretary or his/her designee has been granted. The Director of the Office of Facilities and Administrative Services (OFAS) or his/her designee is the authorizing official for the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior and South Interior Buildings (MIB/SIB) in Washington, DC. The authorizing official in other locations is the respective Bureau/Office head or his/her designee.
Submitting a Request for MIB/SIB
An alcohol waiver approval form DI-6003 (Authorization to Serve Alcoholic Beverages) in the MIB/SIB must be completed, and digitally signed by a Management Official. The completed waiver will be automatically routed to OFAS approving officials, and once approved or denied, will be sent back to the requesting official and other offices (such as, OFAS Facilities and DOI Security).