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.
House Action on 2002 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill
The House passed the 2002 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill (H.R. 2311) by a vote of 405 to 15 on June 28th 2001.
Earlier in the day, the House defeated a number of amendments, including an amendment by Mr. Davis (FL) to strike a provision in the bill prohibiting the use of funds for authorization of construction of a pipeline to take natural gas from the OCS offshore of Alabama to Florida.
Three amendments were approved:
An amendment offered by Mr. Traficant to prohibit use of funds for entities which violate the Buy-American Act.
An amendment offered by Mr. Traficant to prohibit use of funds to drill for oil or gas, in or under the Mosquito Creek Reservoir in Trumbull County, Ohio.
An amendment offered by Mr. Bonior to prohibit the use of funds to issue any permit or lease for drilling or exploring for oil or gas from the land beneath the water in any of the Great Lakes, Lake St. Clair, the St. Mary's River, the St. Clair River, the Detroit River, the Niagra River, or the St. Lawrence River from Lake Ontario to the 45th parallel