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 Action on the FY 2002 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill
July 12, 2001
On the afternoon of July 12th 2001, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the fiscal year 2002 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill. (The Subcommittee markup occurred earlier in the day.) The bill could be considered on the Senate floor as soon as Monday July 16th. The following information is based on draft materials and subject to change.
Overall, the Senate bill is reported to have provided $25.5 billion in new discretionary budget authority, $1.4 billion above the FY 2001 enacted level and $2.4 billion above the FY 2002 President's Budget. Within the total, $884.2 million in new current budget authority was provided for Department of the Interior programs, $67.6 million over the FY 2001 level, $41.3 million over the House bill, and $64.5 million over the FY 2002 President's Budget.
Like the House bill, the Senate bill does not provide funds for the California Bay-Delta Restoration account. The Senate bill does, however, provides $40.0 million in additional funds for authorized activities of the Bureau of Reclamation's Central Valley Project that will also support the goals of the CALFED Bay-Delta Program.
Chairman Byrd noted that, in addition to the Interior and Energy and Water Development bills, the Committee planned to mark up seven other appropriations bills by the end of July. The tentative schedule is: July 12th - Transportation and Legislative; July 17th - Agriculture; July 19th - VA-HUD and Commerce-Justice-State; July 26th - Foreign Ops and Treasury-Postal.