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.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d to 2000d-4), prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended (20 U.S.C. 1681 to 1688), prohibits discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. 794), prohibits discrimination based on an individual's disability in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance and in any program or activity conducted by the any executive branch agency.
Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in State or local government programs whether or not they receive Federal financial assistance.
The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (42 U.S.C. 6101 et seq.) prohibits discrimination based on age in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance.
Department of the Interior Federal regulation at 43 CFR 17, Nondiscrimination in Federally Assisted Programs of the Department of the Interior.
Department of Justice Federal regulation at 28 CFR 35.190(b)(5), Subpart G, Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in State and Local Government Services.