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.
Secretary Jewell to Release Biological Carbon Storage Assessment for Eastern United States
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the one-year anniversary of the President's Climate Action Plan, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on Wednesday will release the results of a comprehensive assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) of biological carbon storage and sequestration by ecosystems in the eastern United States.
Using data from the assessment, the USGS tomorrow will also unveil a new web tool that will allow users to see the land carbon storage and change in ecosystems between 2005 and 2050 in the lower 48 states.
This groundbreaking assessment estimates the natural carbon storage capacities of ecosystems now and in the future. The research conducted by USGS scientists confirms the important role that our natural landscapes play in absorbing carbon and counteracting harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
Biological carbon sequestration is the process by which carbon dioxide (CO2) is removed from the atmosphere and stored as carbon in vegetation, soils and sediment.
The teleconference is open to credentialed media representatives by calling 1-800-857-9714 and entering passcode: INTERIOR.
WHO: Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Suzette Kimball, Acting Director of the USGS Bradley Reed, Associate Program Coordinator, USGS Climate and Land Use Program
WHAT: Release of New USGS Carbon Storage Assessment for Eastern U.S.
WHEN: June 25, 2014, at 1:00 pm EDT
MEDIA: Credentialed members of the media can participate in the press teleconference by calling 1-800-857-9714 and entering passcode: INTERIOR