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 Office of Appraisal Services (OAS) provides appraisals, appraisal reviews, and appraisal consulting of real property interests on trust and restricted lands. OAS supports the Secretary of the Interior's trust responsibilities for tribal and individual Indian beneficiaries trust assets.
The request for appraisal services determines the market value for various real estate transactions and provides beneficiaries with information about their trust asset. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and contract or compact tribes operating the real estate services program request appraisals to support the following types of real estate transactions:
Other types of real estate transactions
The OAS Director has supervision of 12 regional offices aligned with the 12 BIA regional offices throughout Indian country. In each regional office is a Regional Supervisory Appraiser who is responsible for the incoming appraisal services and managing appraisal assignments.
OAS also supports the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations by providing land valuation services. Land valuation, a technical process that provides a baseline or benchmark, enables decisions to be made about fair market values.