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.
The Department of the Interior requires all supervisors and managers to complete a minimum of 8 hours of training related to EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) and Diversity and the training is required annually by fiscal year.
The EEO/Diversity Training is in compliance with Secretary Salazar's Memo dated January 29, 2010. "Equal access to employment opportunities in the workplace is critical to accomplishing our goal of attracting, recruiting, hiring, developing, and retaining a quality diverse workforce that can deliver results and ensure that we are achieving the Department's mission. To ensure that the Department is moving forward in its efforts to engage all segments of the workforce, increase customer satisfaction, and improve overall performance, we must equip our managers and supervisors with the tools they need to be successful".