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.
Secretary Salazar, Governor Schweitzer to Address Production Tax Credits
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WASHINGTON – On Friday, May 25, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Governor of Montana Brian Schweitzer will hold a news media teleconference to discuss need for Congress to pass legislation that will extend the Production Tax Credit to support American jobs and manufacturing in the wind industry.
These credits have played an important role in fueling that job creation, and as a result have strong bipartisan support from Governors, Members of Congress, as well as industry. They are a key part of America's energy future and our efforts to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and develop more secure domestic energy sources by investing in clean energy manufacturing. Since 2008, the United States has nearly doubled generation from renewable energy sources.
Credentialed media can join the teleconference by dialing 1-800-369-1788 and providing the access code INTERIOR.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Brian Schweitzer, Governor of Montana
Teleconference on Production Tax Credit
1:30 pm EDT; Friday, May 25, 2012
All credentialed media are invited to join the teleconference by dialing 1-800-369-1788 and entering the access code INTERIOR.