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.
The Passport and Visa staff is responsible for issuing passports and visas to DOI employees (except BOR and USGS) traveling on official business for the Department of the Interior. Additionally, the staff maintains and stores passports/visas until they are needed. As necessary, the staff communicates with the various embassies and the State Department to ensure the employee has all the necessary documents to successfully complete their travel.
In order to have adequate lead-time for processing passports, we require information 4 - 6 weeks prior to when the passport is needed. The required form (see below) along with two pictures must accompany the application.
In regards to visas, they vary by embassy but most can be processed within two weeks (although visas for Russia take at least a month). We require a signed copy of the DI-1175 when requesting a visa. You may access the form via this website:
The safekeeping memo (see link below) should only be used by those employees that travel frequently – especially to Canada and Mexico. Employees should return their passport to the passport office within two weeks of completing their travel.