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 Department of the Interior (DOI) is committed to:
Communicating early, frequently, and constructively with industry;
Including small businesses and subgroups of small businesses in communications with industry;
Including vendors that the agency has not worked with in the past;
Identifying publicly which procurements are likely to involve opportunities for additional communication with industry; and
Protecting non-public information, including vendors’ confidential information and the agency’s source selection information.
Opportunities for communication with industry, such as pre-solicitation and/or pre-proposal conferences, requests for information, and other vendor engagement events, will be publicized using the existing “special notices” function on the Federal Business Opportunities website at https://www.fbo.gov/.
DOI Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) conducts or participates in small business outreach and training sessions for vendors and employees on a regular basis throughout the year. The OSDBU calendar of events is posted publicly and it includes information not only on events the DOI OSDBU attends, but also any events that may be of interest to small businesses, including outreach and matchmaking sessions held by other agencies, vendors, and trade associations and chambers of commerce.
DOI has issued guidance to our contracting activities on appropriate criteria and techniques for obtaining vendor input during the acquisition process.