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.
AGREEMENT TO EXTEND 180 DAYS FOR COMPLAINT INVESTIGATION
Bureau Equal Opportunity Office
Dear Equal Opportunity Officer:
This is in reference to the complaint of discrimination I filed against the Department of the Interior, Bureau/Office on (date), docket number (XXX-XX-XXX) .
I have received notice that the investigation of my complaint has not yet been completed and that it has been one hundred and eighty (180) days since my complaint was filed. I understand that I now have the right to request a hearing before an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Administrative Judge (AJ), or I may allow the Bureau/Office an additional ninety (90) days to complete the investigation of my complaint. Pursuant to regulations at 29 C.F.R. 1614.108 (e):
[ ] I agree to a ninety (90) day extension for the Bureau/Office to complete the investigation of my complaint.
[ ] I do not agree to a 90-day extension to complete the investigation of my complaint. I am requesting a hearing by the EEOC, or in a mixed-case, a decision by the Director, OEO. Please advice me of the appropriate EEOC Field Office to which I should send my request.