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.
Any person who believes that he/she has been discriminated on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance from this Department may file a complaint with Interior's Departmental Office of Civil Rights. Likewise, complaints alleging sex discrimination in federally assisted education programs may be filed with us. An individual may, also, file a disability rights complaint with us regarding any aspect of the Department of the Interior's operations. In addition, under Title II of the ADA, disability rights complaints may be filed with us regarding certain types of State and local government programs or activities whether or not they receive Federal financial assistance, i.e., all State and local government programs, services, and regulatory activities relating to lands and natural resources, including parks and recreation, water and waste management, environmental protection, energy, historic and cultural preservation, and museums.
In filing a complaint with us, the complaint must be in writing, signed and dated, and filed no later than 180 days from the date of the alleged discrimination. The complaint should include your name, address, zip code, and telephone number; the name and address of the alleged discriminatory official(s) and/or public entity; the nature of the complaint, the basis of the complaint (race, color, national origin, gender, age, sex and/or disability), and the date the alleged discrimination occurred. The complaint may be filed directly with the Director, Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C. Street, MS#: 4309, NW, Washington, D.C. 20240.