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.
FROM: E. Melodee Stith, Director, Office for Equal Opportunity
SUBJECT: Alternative Dispute Resolution Compliance Review--Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regulations at 29 CFR 1614 require the Department of the Interior to provide complainants with access to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) programs at the informal and the formal stages of Complaints Processing and Adjudication. Departmental ADR policies implementing EEOC and Departmental requirements have been in place (EOD-2001-13: ADR Monthly Reporting) and compel management's mandatory application of ADR systems for all complainants who wish to pursue alternative methods for reaching accords in cases of alleged employment discrimination (EOD-2000-16: Mandatory ADR Policy).
The EEOC will review the Department's ADR Program to ascertain our compliance with 29 CFR 1614, Management Directive-110 (MD-110), and our internal policies. Accordingly, the Office for Equal Opportunity will prepare the Department's comprehensive submission of data and information for use by EEOC officials in their compliance review and assessment the Department's ADR Program compliance.
Please submit the required and, if you wish, the optional information noted below to Richard E. Redmond by August 20, 2001. Your submissions must cover the period from October 1, 2000 through July 31, 2001.
If you have previously submitted these materials, you may certify that the information is current and re-submit it. However if your ADR Program has changed during the intervening months, please let us know that this is a new submission.
ADR policies, procedures, and forms used by your organization;
Implementing instructions used by your organization;
Performance standards for individuals responsible for ADR in your organization;
Performance standards for all components of your organization;
Cost analysis of contracting/outsourcing activities employed by your organization;
Cost analysis of expenditures for Collateral and Full-time EEO Counselors.
Narrative descriptions of your organization's "best practices" in ADR.
Trend analyses to address: ADR processing times and costs for ADR applications; costs of ADR resolutions/settlements; attorneys' fees and costs associated with ADR.
Summaries of other related information favorably illustrative of your ADR program.
Should you have questions concerning the EEOC Compliance Review, please contact Richard E. Redmond, at 202-208-5183. Your timely responses are sincerely appreciated.
Inquiries: Richard E. Redmond, ADR/AAI, Office for Equal Opportunity, 202-208-5183