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 Acquisition and Property Management coordinates Department-wide implementation of Federal policy and regulations for acquisition; financial assistance (grants and cooperative agreements); and real, personal and museum property. The office also directs activities in a number of other essential areas including motor vehicle fleet management, space management, energy efficiency, water conservation, renewable energy programs, and capital planning for real and personal property assets.
Acquisition and Financial Assistance - The office provides oversight and policy direction for the Department’s acquisition and financial assistance programs that are collectively responsible for transactions totaling nearly 50 percent of the Department of the Interior’s appropriated budget; and administers the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting, the Federal Acquisition Certification for Contracting Officer Technical Representatives, and the Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers programs. The office also administers the Department’s Suspension and Debarment program, which protects the integrity of Interior’s procurement and non-procurement activities and supports the prevention of poor performance, fraud, waste and abuse.
Facility and Property Management – The office develops and implements Department-wide policies to assure accountability for Government-owned real and personal property including:
Over one million government-owned personal property items valued in excess of $1.7 billion.
Approximately 43,000 buildings and 75,000 structures, valued at more than $240 billion, as well as nearly every type of asset found in a local community. Many of these assets have historic or cultural significance that not only support Interior’s mission but are important to our Nation’s heritage.
More than 188 million museum objects including artwork, artifacts, documents, and scientific specimens.
Over 21,000 Government furnished quarters, approximately 10,100 of which are Interior-owned and operated.
Approximately 33,000 Government-owned and leased motor vehicles.
Reduction of energy consumption at DOI facilities through energy conservation activities.
Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from sources that are owned or controlled by DOI.
Automated Systems – The office plans, develops, and implements Department-wide automated systems to manage procurement, financial assistance, museum collections, and facility and property management functions. The office also serves as system owner for the Interior Collections Management System, the Interior Asset Disposal System and the Facility Maintenance Management System; and is a co-system owner for the Financial and Business Management System.