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.
Sec. Salazar to Flip the Switch on Solar Energy Project in Nevada
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LAS VEGAS, NV— On Monday, May 7, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will visit the Enbridge Silver State North Solar Project where he will “flip the switch” on the first large-scale solar energy project located on U.S. public lands to deliver power to American consumers.
Located in the Ivanpah Valley south of Las Vegas, the 50-megawatt solar project will use photovoltaic technology to generate enough power for approximately 9,000 Nevada homes. The project, developed by First Solar and owned by Enbridge, employed over 380 construction workers during peak construction.
During his visit, Salazar will meet with senior representatives from Enbridge, First Solar, and NV Energy before participating in the dedication ceremony.
Under Secretary Salazar's leadership, Interior has authorized 29 large-scale renewable energy projects on public lands, including 16 solar projects that, if built, will provide more than 5,500 megawatts of power to communities across the West. Prior to 2009, Interior had not authorized a single solar project on public lands.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Bob Abbey, Director of the Bureau of Land Management
Al Monaco, President, Enbridge Inc.
Frank De Rosa, Senior Vice President, First Solar
Tony Sanchez, Senior Vice President, NV Energy
Bonnie Lind, Renewable Energy Advisor, Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development
Enbridge Silver State North Solar Project Dedication Ceremony
Monday, May 7, 2012
10:00 a.m. PDT Walking Tour of Site
10:30 a.m. PDT Dedication Ceremony
Silver State North Project Site
1250 East Primm Boulevard
Jean, Nevada 89019
Media interested in attending, please RSVP to Tiffany East at 775 250 8092 and meet at the Silver State North Project Site no later than 9:30am for required site orientation.
Media interested in listening to the ceremony remarks may participate by dialing: 1-888-323-9795 and providing the access code INTERIOR.