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 Convene National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of President Obama's commitment to fulfilling this nation's trust responsibilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will convene the first meeting of the Commission established to undertake a forward-looking, comprehensive evaluation of Interior's trust management.
The first meeting of the National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform will be a two-day event held on Thursday and Friday, March 1-2, 2012, in Washington, DC. [Please note the new location in the details below.] Each day's session will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendance is open to the public, but limited space is available. Members of the public and media who wish to attend should RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The meeting will mark the first time the five recently-named members of the commission meet to move forward on their comprehensive evaluation of Interior's management and administration of the nearly $4 billion in trust assets, as well as recommendations for improvement. Building upon the progress made with the historic Cobell Settlement, the reform commission will help usher in a new era of trust administration, stressing responsive, customer-friendly, accountable and transparent management of these substantial funds and assets.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes
Interior Solicitor Hilary Tompkins
Commission Chair Fawn R. Sharp and members Dr. Peterson Zah,
Stacy Leeds, and Bob Anderson
Inaugural meeting of the National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform
Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, March 2, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
National Park Service, Conference Room 202
1201 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005 Please note this is a new location
Attendance is open to the public, but limited space is available. Members of the public who wish to attend should RSVP by February 29, 2012 to: email@example.com