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.
January 22, 2010: Identify and publish online in an open format at least three high-value data sets and register those data sets via data.gov. Completed:Interior posted the high-value data sets by January 22, 2010.
Accountability / Data Integrity
January 22, 2010: Designate a high-level senior official to be accountable for the quality and objectivity of, and internal controls over, publicly-disseminated federal spending information. Completed:Interior Secretary Salazar has designated Andrew Jackson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Management and Budget, as our accountable official.
DOI.gov/Open Web Presence
February 6, 2010: Create an Open Government Web page to serve as the gateway for EPA activities related to the Open Government Directive. Completed: Interior posted the /Open Web page on February 5, 2010.
February 6, 2010: Incorporate a mechanism on the Open Government Web page to:
provide input on the Agency's Open Government Plan,
provide input about which information to prioritize for publication, and
give feedback on assessment of the quality of published information.
In addition, develop and staff a plan to respond to public input received on the Open Government Web page on a regular basis.
IdeaScale enables the public to suggest new ideas or vote and comment on other ideas. Interior management and staff will review and summarize public input received through IdeaScale and/or other means on a weekly basis.
Open Government Plan
April 7, 2010: Develop a plan for how the Agency will improve transparency and integrate public participation and collaboration into its activities.
On April 7, Interior published the DOI Open Government Plan. To ensure institutionalization and lasting sustainability of open government principals within DOI, this plan is purposely designed to be a living document – a frequently updated framework that provides direction throughout the Agency. The nature of this plan requires constant incorporation of feedback and is intended to be updated as frequently as each quarter. We encourage you to read our open government plan and provide us with feedback on ways you think it can be improved. Please direct any questions, comments, or suggestions to our Open Government Team at: email@example.com.