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: Cooperation and Conduct of Department of the Interior employees in EEO Investigations
By letter dated August 22, 2002, the San Francisco EEOC District Office brought to my attention, the fact that some employees within the Department of the Interior had refused to cooperate with an EEO investigation. The Administrative Judge wrote in part...“ am compelled to comment on the inappropriate conduct of ...personnel in refusing to cooperate with an EEO investigation and refusing to provide relevant documents. This conduct is absolutely unacceptable....”
Such conduct is inconsistent with the spirit of the Federal EEO Complaint Process, and is not in keeping with our responsibilities in conducting ourselves appropriately as federal employees. Further, MD-110 stipulates that the agency retains responsibility for conducting an appropriate investigation of complaints filed against them. The Director, EEO must ensure that the complaints process is carried out as expeditiously as possible.
Bureau Equal Opportunity Officers, as well as Equal Opportunity Staff throughout the Department, are responsible for ensuring that EEO investigations are conducted in a timely, appropriate and professional manner at all times and that employees cooperate fully with the EEO Counselor, the EEO Investigator in all phases of the investigation. Failure to do so may result in adverse inferences drawn against the agency.
Distribution: All Bureau/Office Equal Opportunity Officers
Inquiries: Mercedes Flores, Chief of Staff, Office for Equal Opportunity, (202) 208-6120