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.
Tuesday: Secretary Jewell, Governor Patrick to Mark Major Milestone for Massachusetts Offshore Wind
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, June 17, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will announce a major milestone for offshore wind energy. Joining them at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center wind testing facility will be Walter Cruickshank, Acting Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution, Interior has been working with Atlantic state government task forces to spur renewable energy projects on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.
Members of the media unable to attend today's event can join via teleconference by calling 1-888-989-8176 and entering passcode: INTERIOR.
WHO: Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts Walter Cruickshank, BOEM Acting Director
WHAT: Offshore Wind Announcement
WHEN: June 17, 2014 12:45 pm EDT Media Check-In 1:00 pm EDT Tour of Clean Energy Center (b-roll opportunity) 1:30 pm EDT Press Conference
WHERE: Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Wind Technology Testing Center 100 Terminal Street Charlestown, MA
MEDIA: Credentialed members of the media can participate in the press teleconference by calling 1-888-989-8176 and entering passcode: INTERIOR
RSVP: Media interested in attending the press conference are encouraged to RSVP here by 6pm on June 16, 2014. Media who attend should plan to bring press credentials and a photo ID.