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 Appropriation Committee Approves 2008 Energy and Water Development Bill
Summary of House Committee Markup of the 2008 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill
On June 6, 2007, the House Appropriations Committee approved the 2008 Energy and Water Development Bill. The bill provides:
$1.03 billion for the Bureau of Reclamation, $72 million above the 2008 President's budget and $5 million over the 2007 enacted level (the comparison excludes 2007 drought supplemental funding)
This includes $871.2 million for Water and related resources, $55 million above the President's budget and $10.6 million above the 2007 level (excluding the $18 million provided in 2007 supplemental funding for drought assistance).
The House provides $59.1 million for Central Valley project restoration fund, the same as the President's budget and $7 million above the 2007 level.
The House provides $40.8 million for California Bay-Delta Restoration, $9 million more than the President's budget and $4.1 million above the 2007 level. This includes $5 million for transfer to the Corps of Engineers for delta levees and $5 million for water use efficiency efforts.
For Policy and Administration, the House provides $58.8 million, the same as the President's budget and $1.2 million above the 2007 level.
The House did not include the President's budget proposal to fund $8 million for the San Joaquin River Restoration Fund from the CVP.
The Subcommittee did report that it did not fund the $11 million requested for Water 2025 due to a lack of authorization.
The House funded the Central Utah Project Completion Act at $43 million, equal to the President's budget and nearly $9 million above the 2007 level.