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.
Secretarial Order No. 3289: Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change on America's Water, Land, and Other Natural and Cultural Resources
With his signing of Secretarial Order No. 3289 on Sept. 14, 2009, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar launched a climate-change-response strategy large and bold enough for us to meet these challenges. His order provides us with the framework to coordinate efforts among our Interior bureaus and to integrate our science and management expertise with that of our partners.
Two initiatives – DOI Climate Science Centers and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives – form the cornerstones of this integrated approach to climate-change science and adaptation. Each has a distinct science and resource-management role but also shares complementary capacities and capabilities. This strategy will serve the Department's land, fish, wildlife, water, marine, tribal, and cultural heritage managers, as well as for our federal, state, local, Tribal, NGO, private landowner, and other stakeholder partners.
On June 3, 2011, as required by the Federal Agency Climate Change Adaptation Planning Implementing Instructions, the Department also released a statement reiterating our continued commitment to addressing the impacts climate change may have on our operations and assets through adaptation planning.