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 Make Fourth Trip to Alaska as Secretary of the Interior
Will Visit North Slope, NPR-A, Anchorage as part of three-day swing
Last edited 4/27/2016
WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is scheduled to make his fourth trip to Alaska in the coming days as part of the Obama Administration's ongoing commitment to the state and its people.
On August 11 and 12, Salazar will tour the North Slope and the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska where he is expected to discuss issues regarding resource development and public lands management with local elected leaders and stakeholders.
On Monday, August 13, Salazar will hold a press conference in Anchorage to wrap-up his three-day visit. Salazar will be joined by Bureau of Land Management Acting Director Mike Pool.
Secretary Salazar Media Availability on Alaska Visit