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.
Inherently governmental function, as defined in section 5 of the Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act, Public Law 105-270, means a function that is so intimately related to the public interest as to require performance by Federal Government employees.
Closely Associated to an Inherently Governmental Function: A function that does not fall under the definition of inherently governmental, but the approaches being in that category because of the nature of the function and the risk that performance may impinge on Federal officials' performance of an inherently governmental function Agencies must give special consideration to using Federal employees to perform these functions.
Critical Function: A function that is "necessary to the agency being able to effectively perform and maintain control of its mission and operations."
Reason Codes: There are currently five allowable reason codes:
The commercial activity is not appropriate for private sector performance pursuant to a written determination.
The commercial activity is suitable for a streamlined or standard competition.
The commercial activity is pending an agency approved restructuring decision (e.g., closure, realignment).
The commercial activity is performed by government personnel due to a statutory prohibition against private sector performance.