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 Mark Completion of First Wind Farm on Public Lands in Nevada, Deliver Keynote at National Clean Energy Summit
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LAS VEGAS – On Tuesday, August 7, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join Senator Harry Reid to mark the completion of the first wind power facility built on federal lands in Nevada. Sec. Salazar and Sen. Reid will be joined at the 8:30 a.m. PDT news conference by Pattern Energy CEO Mike Garland, American Wind Energy Association's CEO Denise Bode, and Center for American Progress' John Podesta.
Following the press conference, Salazar will deliver keynote remarks at the National Clean Energy Summit 5.0, beginning at 9:15 a.m. PDT. Salazar is expected to discuss the significant progress that has been made in the past three years to spur renewable energy development on public lands in the West and offshore wind energy on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf.