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 strategic plan provides a framework that will enable us to better support our diverse missions and customers. The plan promotes information sharing, seeking common solutions, and coordination with the finance, acquisition, information technology and other program partnerships. A significant feature of the plan is the recommendation to establish a structured partnership to provide an ongoing forum to help us realize the plan's objectives.
The Property Management Partnership was formally established in June 1997 with members representing all the bureaus and the Office of Acquisition and Property Management. It is chaired on a rotational basis by a bureau Property Officer. The Partnership will focus on improvements that: satisfy the customer; share resources; develop people and expertise for a competent and motivated workforce; integrate and streamline business processes and practices; and assure proper protection, maintenance, treatment and use of all property.