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.
A significant accomplishment during the early period of trust reform was the conversion to a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) accounting software system. In March 1998, OST contracted with a commercial vendor to use a version of its trust accounting system that provides basic collection, accounting, investing, disbursing and reporting functions.
TFAS is an accounting and investment system that enables the automated production of account statements for individual Indians and tribal account holders. It replaced a module in BIA 's Integrated Records Management System and two OST systems. TFAS was deployed in August 1998 and was fully operational in May 2000.
TFAS allows automated trade settlements, automated payments of financial asset income, daily securities pricing and automated reconciliation. In addition, landownership and leasing accounts are being included in TFAS as part of BIA's and OST's TAAMS conversion project, to ensure that both systems contain accurate and complete information.