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.
On May 24, 2011, the President issued a Memorandum on Federal Fleet Performance. Section 1 (b) of the Presidential Memorandum requires Agency executive fleets to achieve maximum fuel efficiency, be limited in motor vehicle body and engine size, and ensure optional equipment is limited to what is essential to meet Agency mission requirements. Additionally, the executive fleet vehicles are to be mid-sized or smaller, except where larger sedans are essential to the Agency mission.
The Memorandum requires that within 180 days of the date of issuance, any executive fleet vehicle larger than mid-size sedan, or which does not comply with the requirement of the vehicle(s) being an alternative fueled vehicle, must be disclosed on the Agency website. Executive fleet vehicles are defined as vehicles used primarily to transport Senior Executives (Heads of Agencies, Senior Executive Service (SES) employees, and General Officers).
The Department of the Interior Executive Fleet vehicles are listed below: