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 Break Ground on World's Largest Solar Power Facility
Marks Major Milestone in Nation's New Energy Frontier
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BLYTHE, CA — On Friday, June 17, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. will join local officials and representatives from Solar Trust of America to celebrate the official groundbreaking for the Blythe Solar Power Project, the world's largest solar power facility to be built on public lands. Located eight miles west of Blythe in Riverside County, California, the 1,000 MW project will generate enough electricity to power 300,000-750,000 homes upon completion.
Expected to create over 1,000 jobs during peak construction and close to 300 permanent jobs when fully operational, the Blythe Solar Power Project marks a major milestone in the nation's march toward a renewable energy economy.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Governor of California
Bob Abbey, Director, Bureau of Land Management
John Laird, California Secretary of Natural Resources
Joseph DeConinck, Mayor of Blythe
Uwe T. Schmidt, Solar Trust CEO
Christoph Wolff, CEO of Solar Millennium AG
Blythe Solar Power Project Groundbreaking Ceremony