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.
300-1.1 - Are the requirements stated in the Federal Travel Regulation and 347 DM DOI FTR Implementing Instructions applicable to all employees and entities of the Department of the Interior?
Yes, all employees of the Department are covered by the Federal Travel Regulation and 347 DM DOI FTR Implementing Instructions. The Office of the Inspector General has authority to issue their own travel regulations; however, they have elected to follow the Department's guidance.
300-1.2 - Are the requirements stated in the Federal Travel Regulation and 347 DM DOI FTR Implementing Instructions applicable to contractors of the Department of the Interior?
Contractors are not covered unless the specific contract references the Federal travel Regulation and 347 DM DOI FTR Implementing Instructions and makes them a requirement of the contract.
300-1.3 - Are the requirements stated in the Federal Travel Regulation and 347 DM DOI FTR Implementing Instructions applicable to Tribal Government employees whose travel is funded by federal grants?
Tribal Government employees must meet the requirements of the specific grant. If the Tribal agreement requires compliance, then the employees must comply.
300-1.4 - Are employees of a nonprofit organization performing work for the Department covered by 347 DM DOI FTR Implementing Instructions?
Employees of nonprofit organizations performing work for the Department are not covered unless the employee meets the requirements to be considered a Government employee.
300-1.5 - Will the Department provide contractor employees performing Departmental work for a contractor a travel authorization and pay their travel vouchers?
No, the Department does not have authority to issue travel authorizations to contractors or contractor employees. The contractor must pay the employee and be reimbursed through the contract process.
300-1.6 - When does a bureau/office have the same authority to approve or disapprove travel entitlements as an agency?
When that specific authority has been delegated to the Program Assistant Secretary in 205 DM 15 and subsequently delegated to the bureau/ office by the Program Assistant Secretary.