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.
Recognition and awards help ensure that our employees and our partners continue the often difficult, but always rewarding job of working together to conserve, use and protect America's natural, cultural and historic heritage.
The Secretary's Partners in Conservation Award recognizes those who make exceptional contributions in achieving conservation goals through collaboration and partnering. Overall, this award recognizes outstanding conservation results produced either through
engaging external partners, or
fostering a collaborative culture within and across Interior organizations.
Beyond conservation results or increased partnering capacity, these achievements have been realized through the outstanding participation of many diverse individuals and organizations.
The Cooperative Conservation Award recognizes cooperative conservation achievements that involve collaborative activity among a diverse range of entities that may include Federal, State, local and tribal governments, private for profit and nonprofit institutions, other non-governmental entities, and individuals.
Take Pride in America Awards
The Secretary annually recognizes specific volunteer projects and efforts in twelve categories. These awards, given for outstanding stewardship of public lands, honor those who best protect and/or enhance our public parks, forests, grasslands, reservoirs and wildlife refuges, as well as our cultural and historic sites, local playgrounds and other recreation areas. Finalists and winners are selected by a panel of reviewers, and the winners are honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, DC.
John Wesley Powell Award
USGS honors individuals or groups, not employed by the USGS, whose contributions to the agency's objectives and mission are noteworthy. The awards recognize John Wesley Powell, the second director of the USGS, a distinguished scientist responsible for setting the high standards that govern the USGS today.
recognizes Departmental employees and teams as well as Departmental cooperators (contractors or outside partners) who have attained exceptional environmental achievements. The DOI Award categories mirror the categories of the White House Closing the Circle Awards administered by the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive with the addition of one category, Environmental Stewardship. The Department of the Interior Environmental Achievement Award categories include: