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.
Promoting Safer Schools in Indian Country Protecting Indian Communities Improving Trust Management Providing Safe Housing Improving Educational Programs for At-Risk Indian Children Implementing Management and Administrative Improvements Rock Boy's Reservation Indian Water Rights Settlement (Montana)
Federal Lands Acquisition: Protecting Natural Treasures and the Next Great Places -California Desert -Civil War Battlefields -Everglades -Lewis and Clark -Lower Mississippi Delta -New Jersey - New York Watershed -Chesapeake Bay Watershed -Southern California -Other Federal Land Acquisition Priorities Helping States and Communities Preserve Green Spaces, Habitat, and Species -State Conservation Grants -Urban Parks and Recreation Recovery Program -State Non-Game Wildlife Grants -Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund -North American Wetlands Conservation Fund -State Planning Partnerships
Protection and Restoration of Public Lands -Protection of BLM Designated Areas -Land Use Planning for Sustainable Resource Decisions -Restoration of Threatened Watersheds Restoring Damaged Lands and Resources Protecting and Sustaining the Natural Resource Legacy of Parks Rebuilding Wildlife Resources Department-Wide Programs to Foster Restoration -Using Science for Good Stewardship -Using Science for Hazard Warnings -Youth Conservation Corps -Recreational Fee Demonstration Program -Partnerships Work to Restore Ecosystems -California Bay-Delta -Safe Visits to Public Lands -Maintenance and Construction Funding Needs -Facilities maintained by the Department of the Interior
Partnering for ESA Conservation Law Enforcement to Support Species Restoration Amphibians Rebuilding Wildlife and Fisheries Resources Anadromous Fish Research and Restoration Coral Reefs Invasive Species Alaska Subsistence Fisheries