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.
OST provides periodic Statements of Performance to authorized recipients on more than 2,800 tribal accounts. Those statements list current and historical information related to financial assets owned by each account, including:
Overall allocation of assets held by type, including:
U.S. Treasury securities
Securities issued by U.S. Government Sponsored Enterprises
Maturity distribution of securities held, including:
Less than one year
1 to 3 years
3 to five years
5 to 7 years
7 to 10 years
More than 10 years
A description of each security, including:
Name of issuer
Amount (par value) of the security owned
Interest rate paid by the security
Date when the security will mature
Statistical information, including:
Cost of each security
Current market value of the security at the date of the report
Amount of unrealized gain or loss of each security as of the date of the report
Anticipated amount of annual income earned by the security
Yield at cost of that income
Recent transaction history, including:
Dates, descriptions and amounts of securities purchased
Dates, descriptions and amounts of securities matured or sold
Dates descriptions and amounts of income received from securities owned
Dates descriptions and amounts of income received from other sources (e.g., oil, gas, forestry.)
Dates, descriptions, amounts and recipients of funds distributed