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.
DOINews: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe Honored with Diversity Journal's 2013 CEO Leadership in Action Award for Diversity
The Diversity Journal begins its Leadership in Action awards section on page 14; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe's one-page profile appears in that section on page 20.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe has been selected by Diversity Journal to receive the 2013 CEO Leadership in Action Award. The award recognizes CEOs throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe who provide outstanding leadership and support for their organization's diversity and inclusion principles and initiatives. Ashe was selected for demonstrating his personal commitment to and support of diversity and inclusion initiatives designed to drive organizational change across the Fish and Wildlife Service. Director Ashe is the only federal government leader among the awardees.
Nominations were received from throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the only government agency selected from the pool of nominees.
Submitted by: Noemi Perez, deputy chief of Communications, USFWS