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.
Senate Appropriations Committee Approves 2008 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Bill
On Thursday, June 21st, the Senate Appropriations reported out the 2008 Interior appropriations bill today, adopting the subcommittee report with the following amendments.
MMS 98/99 Leases
A Domenici amendment striking the provision that would have prohibited MMS from issuing new leases to holders of leases that do not have limitations on royalty relief. The amendment was passed by a vote of 15 and 14.
A Reed amendment prohibiting the issuance of permits needed to allow the importation of polar bears or polar bear parts passed by voice vote.
The Managers package was adopted that included numerous technical changes, report language direction, and one funding adjustment. The funding adjustment reduced funding for FBMS by $1.0 million to provide $1.0 million for the Eisenhower Commission.
In addition, the following amendments were discussed, but not adopted. These amendments may be raised in floor action.
Secure Rural Schools
Craig withdrew his amendment to extend Secure Rural Schools funding through 2011.
Net Receipts Sharing
Bennett indicated that Domenici (who had to leave the mark up) had intended to propose that the provision re-establishing nets receipts sharing be stricken. The amendment was co-sponsored by Bennett, Allard, and Stevens.
Stevens withdrew an amendment that would have limited the timeframe for filing a lawsuit in opposition to the Tsongas Forest Management plan (Forest Service).