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.
Salazar to Announce Major Milestone for Renewable Energy Development in Western States
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WASHINGTON, DC – As part of the Obama Administration's “all-of-the-above” energy strategy to expand domestic energy production, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today will make a major announcement regarding renewable energy development on public lands in six western states – Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.
Salazar will be joined on the media teleconference by Bureau of Land Management Acting Director Mike Pool and the Department of Energy's Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, David Danielson.
Credentialed media can participate by dialing 1-888-603-9815 and providing the access code INTERIOR.
Ken Salazar, Secretary, Department of the Interior
Mike Pool, Acting Director, Bureau of Land Management
David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. EDT
Credentialed media are invited to join the teleconference call by dialing 1-888-603-9815 and providing the access code INTERIOR.