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.
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, Interior Secretary Salazar, and FEMA Administrator Fugate to Host Media Conference Call to Discuss Wildland Fire Season Outlook
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WASHINGTON - Tomorrow, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will host a media conference call to outline the federal government's readiness for the wildland fire season to ensure protection for communities and restoration of forests and grasslands across the country. The Secretaries, joined by FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and the National Interagency Fire Center's Ed Delgado, will describe federal capability to respond to wildfires that are becoming more complex, particularly in areas where urban populations are situated near forested areas.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture
Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator
Tom Tidwell, Forest Service Chief
Ed Delgado, National Interagency Fire Center
Media Teleconference to outline the federal government's readiness for the 2012 wildland fire season.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
1:00 p.m. EDT
Members of the news media are invited to call into 888-469-1348
Passcode: USDA (Given Verbally)
Trouble number: 202-720-8560
All callers using the above passcode will be placed in listen only mode. To join the Q&A portion of the meeting, these callers are instructed to press *1 on their touch tone phone.