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 Make Energy and Mineral Development Announcement in New Mexico
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – On the second day of a two-day swing through New Mexico, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar tomorrow will hold a press conference call to make an announcement about oil, gas and potash development in New Mexico. Salazar will be joined on the call by U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, and Bureau of Land Management Acting Director Mike Pool.
Members of the news media can join the teleconference by dialing 1-800-857-9636 and providing the access code Interior.
Press Conference Call to Make Announcement on Oil and Gas / Potash Development in New Mexico
Thursday, July 12, 2012
10:45 a.m. MDT / 12:45 p.m. EDT
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Jeff Bingaman, U.S. Senator of New Mexico
Tom Udall, U.S. Senator of New Mexico
Mike Pool, BLM Acting Director
Members of the news media are invited to call into 1-800-857-9636 Access Code: Interior