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 Office of Policy Analysis coordinates the technology transfer activities within the Department of the Interior. As part of this effort it manages and coordinates the activities of the Departmental Working Group on Technology Transfer. This working group is responsible for:
Institutionalizing technology transfer activities within the Department to enable all bureaus to more effectively and efficiently fulfill their missions using tools and processes authorized by the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986 and related legislation.
Developing the annual report due to OMB and NIST on the Department’s technology transfer activities. This report is required under the Federal Technology Transfer Act. The first Annual Report was issued in February 2012. That and subsequent Annual Reports are available here.
Working with and encouraging bureaus to utilize the authorities under the Federal Technology Transfer Act, and facilitating training for the Department’s scientists, engineering and technical personnel on technology transfer.