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 to Announce Results of 39 Million Acre Offshore Central Gulf Lease Sale
Will tour efforts in Louisiana to repair and restore the Gulf
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NEW ORLEANS, LA — Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on Wednesday, June 20, will be in New Orleans to participate in the Central Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale.
Conducted by Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the lease sale will begin at 9:00 a.m. CDT at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, offering 7,434 Outer Continental Shelf tracts from three to more than 230 miles offshore Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. This is the first offshore lease sale in the Central Gulf since the Deepwater Horizon incident and is part of President Obama's goal of expanding safe and responsible domestic energy production. BOEM has received 593 bids submitted by 48 companies on 454 tracts.
At 12:00 p.m. CDT, Salazar will hold a news media teleconference to announce the results of the Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 216/222. Salazar will also discuss his tour of the Breton National Wildlife Refuge and Delta National Wildlife Refuge where early restoration projects are underway as part of efforts to repair and restore the Gulf after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
BOEM Director Tommy Beaudreau
BOEM Gulf of Mexico Region Director John Rodi
Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 216/222 and News Teleconference
Wednesday, June 20, 2011
9:00 a.m. CDT / 10:00 a.m. EDT Lease Sale Begins
9:30 a.m. CDT / 10:30 a.m. EDT Media Availability at Superdome