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 OHA Director's Office provides management direction and oversight for the organization as a whole, including supervision and coordination of the various functions assigned to OHA, strategic planning, and training and professional development. Through its administrative staff, the Director's Office also provides support to the organization in the areas of budgeting, personnel, and information services.
In addition, the Director, her staff, and Ad Hoc Boards of Appeals appointed by her decide various categories of appeals from bureau and office decisions that do not lie within the jurisdiction of an established appeals board. These include certain debt collection matters, waivers of overpayments to Departmental employees, property board of survey determinations, government quarters rental rate adjustments, Uniform Relocation Assistance Act payments, and acreage limitation determinations under the Reclamation Reform Act.
Office of the Director Office of Hearings and Appeals U.S. Department of the Interior 801 N. Quincy Street, Suite 300 Arlington, VA 22203
Shayla Freeman Simmons, Director Janet H. Lin, Deputy Director Joshua N. Epstein, Counsel to the Director Shelia B. Perry, Executive Assistant/Paralegal Specialist Tawanna J. Davis, Administrative Officer Bernadette Griffin, Budget Analyst Lisa M. Engelhardt, Technology Manager Rachel R. Lukens, Attorney-Advisor