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.
Summary: House Floor Action on the FY 2002 DOI and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill
September 20, 2001
The House on September 20th 2001, appointed conferees for the 2002 Interior and Related Agencies appropriations bill. No motion to instruct the conferees was offered or adopted.
The Senate appointed conferees in July.
It is our understanding that the House and Senate have not agreed on conference 302(b) allocations for the Interior bill (or any other 2002 bill). As a result a conference before October 1st is unlikely.
We expect that the House and Senate will pass a 15 day Continuing Resolution next week. It is likely to be a clean Continuing Resolution with normal terms and conditions.