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.
Departmental & Bureau Technology Transfer Policies & Procedures
The Department of the Interior's policies and procedures for technology transfer are outlined in the Departmental Manual (DM) Chapter on Technology Transfer, and should be read in conjunction with the Delegation of Authority to Assistant Secretaries and Bureau Directors provided in 207 DM 8. Bureaus will, if necessary, develop new or modify existing bureau policies and procedures consistent with the DM chapter and their level of involvement and expertise related to research and innovation, mission, and availability of resources.
The Department's policies and procedures are derived from Federal legislation and policy relevant to Technology Innovation. Additional bureau policies and procedures can be accessed via the following links:
Finally, the Department's Prize Competition Guidelines for conducting and administering prize challenges to advance technological innovation consistent with the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 were established on April 5, 2015.