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: Senate Floor Action on the FY 2002 Energy and Water Development Appropriations
July 18th 2001
July 18th 2001 was the third day of Senate floor action on the 2002 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill. Of note in the proceedings is the following:
A compromise amendment developed by Senators Daschle and Bond was offered and adopted by a vote of 100 to 0 on the COE Missouri River operating plan. The amendment allows the Corps to propose alternatives to achieve species recovery other than those prescribed in the November 2000 FWS biological opinion. The Senate bill already includes a provision that prohbits the Corps from changing its river management plan.
The Senate voted down an amendment offered by Sen. Murkowski that would earmark $10 million for grants to enhance job training for the Department of Energy. The amendment would have redirected $10 million from CALFED.
The Senate adopted A Craig amendment for repayment for Arrowrock Dam and a Wyden amendment to add $500,000 to conduct design work at Savage Rapids Dam.