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.
DOINews: Announcement and Call for Nominations 2013 Secretary's Partnerships in Conservation Awards
Office of the Secretary
The Department of the Interior's (DOI) Office of Youth, Partnerships and Service (YPS) is excited to announce the call for nominations for the Secretary's 2013 Partners in Conservation (PIC) Awards. The 2013 PIC Awards will recognize exemplary collaborations between DOI, our Bureaus and organizations across the country that take innovative approaches towards conservation of America's public lands and resources. This page provides general information on eligibility, award criteria, how to submit nominations for the awards, and who to contact to obtain a nomination form and answer your questions regarding the nomination and award process.
Partnerships with substantial performance in Fiscal Year 2013 (October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013) and ongoing are eligible for the 2013 PIC Awards. Eligible partnerships include those between and/or among DOI Bureaus, as well as partnerships with outside entities, including Federal, State, local, and tribal governments, private for-profit and nonprofit institutions, and other non-governmental organizations and individuals.
The 2013 PIC Awards will recognize partnerships that: (1) advance DOI strategic goals; (2) exemplify innovation or best practices for collaborative partnerships; (3) build capacity for current and future partnerships as well as conservation sustainability; (4) advance Departmental and Bureau/Director policies, priorities and special initiatives including engaging youth and veterans, underserved communities and diverse populations, or advance these policies on public lands, tribal lands and in urban areas; (5) has national significance and/or interest; and (6) impact management of natural resources, the local community, and the public in general.
Call for Nominations Period:
The Call for Nominations will be open from June 15th, 2013 through August 2nd, 2013. Each DOI Bureau will review the submitted entries and select up to five (5) nominated partnerships to submit to DOI for final consideration for award by COB September 13, 2013.
How to Nominate a Partnership:
To nominate a partnership, simply contact your Bureau PIC Representative (contact information is provided below) to request a Call for Nomination Form. Bureau Nominator(s) and their partner organization representatives are encouraged to collaborate on preparing the Nomination Form and optional Supporting Materials, which must be completed and submitted electronically in PDF format to your Bureau PIC Representative by COB August 2nd, 2013. Detailed submittal instructions are provided in the Call for Nomination Form.
Who to Contact with Further Questions:
For assistance obtaining a Call for Nominations Form and completing your submittal package, please contact your Bureau PIC Representative. Should you need additional support or if you have general questions regarding the awards and selection process, please contact Paul Batlan, Partnerships Coordinator for the DOI Office of Youth, Partnerships, and Service at 202-208-4826 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support, and we look forward to hearing about and showcasing your outstanding conservation partnerships!