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.
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I understand that having my issue(s) addressed through ADR process during the pre-complaint process can bring early resolution. The EEO-PLUS ADR process does not replace the current EEO complaint process. Rather, it is designed to enhance the resolution efforts.
In electing ADR, the pre-complaint processing period may continue up to ninety (90) days. The EEO Counselor will complete the intake functions of counseling (that is, obtain the information needed to determine the basis(es), claim(s), time), and provide me with the notice of rights and responsibilities before referring the dispute to the ADR process.
In order to facilitate resolution, I understand that all parties involved in the ADR process must be free to explore all options for resolution without fear of reprisal. Offers and statements made by the parties during the process cannot be used against either party if resolution fails. All discussions during the ADR process are confidential. If the issue is resolved, the terms of the resolution will be put in writing and signed by all parties.
If ADR fails, the EEO Counselor will issue the Notice of Final Interview and Right to File a Discrimination Complaint (NOFI) to me, and will prepare the Counseling Report pursuant to 1614.105(c). The report will contain relevant information about my complaint, jurisdiction, claims, bases, requested remedy, and related documents. The report will not provide a summary of the informal resolution attempt other than to indicate that I elected the ADR program and that the dispute was not resolved through this procedure.