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: Human Relations Institute Survey
As we have discussed with you on several occasions; we are preparing to offer training courses in EEO and related subjects to you as EEO Professional, EEO Counselors, manager, supervisors and employees. Attached is a survey of the kinds of courses we typically get requests for and find a need to offer. So that we may plan for and meet your training needs for the next fiscal year, please inform us on which course you would like to see offered, the approximate number of attendees, and the best most convenient location for the potential attendees.
Once we receive your survey, we will assess which courses will be offered, obtain the trainers/instructors, assess the costs, and determine the locations. We will then provide you with a training schedule with this information for FY 2002.
We believe it is important for us to stay abreast of current issues and case law affecting the implementation of the EEO and Civil Rights programs. Your response to the survey by August 20, 2001, will be greatly appreciated.