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.
On January 18, 2011, President Obama issued Executive Order 13563, which seeks to improve regulation and regulatory review. He stated that our "regulatory system must protect public health, welfare, safety, and our environment while promoting economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation" and it must "use the best, most innovative, and least burdensome tools to achieve regulatory ends."
DOI has completed its Final Plan for Retrospective Review of the Department's regulations.
Becoming more flexible, reducing costs and all around improvement
On February 28, 2011, President Obama issued a memorandum that directs agencies to work with State, local, and tribal governments to identify opportunities to promote efficiency and reduce reporting and regulatory burdens.
To accomplish this, we invite comments on how well the Department's existing regulations and relationships with State, local and tribal governments are consistent with this memorandum and the principles of Executive Order 13563 and ways we can make our relationships with State, local, and tribal governments more efficient and effective.
Please send comments to RegsReview@ios.doi.gov. We will carefully review all comments, but we are not able to respond to them individually.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment -- including your personal identifying information -- may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.