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.
AIRR contains retired Indian Affairs records from BIA agencies and OST offices all over the nation. Records—from as far back as the 1700s—include trust, education and other historic Indian Affairs records. The only Indian records not stored at AIRR are active records at DOI offices and those that have become legal property of NARA and will remain at NARA facilities around the nation.
The facility continues to receive boxes from the field as active records become inactive. A total of over 200,000 indexed boxes had been sent to AIRR for permanent storage by the end of fiscal year 2012. In the past three years, the monthly average of boxes received has been 1,157.
Each standard records center box holds one cubic foot of material; one cubic foot holds approximately 2,500 sheets of paper.