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.
This page points to items of interest concerning the Department of the Interior's budget. You may track the progress of this budget request through the Congressional appropriations process from this page.
The Department of the Interior "Budget in Brief" highlights and describes details of the fiscal year 2005 request.
Note: This document is presented as several separate PDF-formatted files. To view these files requires that you have Adobe Acrobat Reader® loaded on your computer. For a printed copy of the "Highlights" contact the Office of Budget at 202-208-5308.
Secretary of the Interior, Gale A. Norton, Statement to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies - February 25, 2004 (HTML Format) (PDF Format)
Secretary of the Interior, Gale A. Norton, Statement to the Interior Before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies - March 25, 2004 (HTML Format) (PDF Format)
Secretary of the Interior, Gale A. Norton, Statement to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development on the 2005 President Budget Request - March 4, 2004 (HTML Format) (PDF Format)
Secretary of the Interior, Gale A. Norton, Statement to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on the 2005 President's Budget Request - February 12, 2004 (HTML Format) (PDF Format)
The Office of Budget Summary of the House Committee Action on the Fiscal Year 2005 Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill (PDF Format)
The Office of Budget Summary of the House Committee Action on the Fiscal Year 2005 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill (HTML Format)
The Office of Budget Summary of the House Floor and Senate Committee Action on the Fiscal Year 2005 Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Bills (PDF Format)
Consolidated Appropriations - HR4818: The Congress approved the 2005 Consolidated Appropriations Act on Saturday, November 20, 2004, including conference agreements on the 2005 Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, the Energy and Water Development Act, and seven other appropriations acts. The House passed the measure by a vote of 344 to 51. The Senate passed the measure by a vote of 65 to 30, which was signed by the President on December 8, 2004. (PDF Format)