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 Meet with Spanish Energy Industry Leaders, Participate in U.S.-Spain Council
News media teleconference today
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OVIEDO, SPAIN – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today will hold a news media teleconference, along with U.S. Ambassador to Spain Alan D. Solomont, to discuss his trip to Spain, including his meetings with leaders of Spain's renewable and conventional energy industries.
Secretary Salazar is in Spain to participate in the U.S.-Spain Council Business Forum and to strengthen ties between the two countries, particularly in the areas of renewable energy development. As part of his visit, Salazar will hold a roundtable meeting with renewable energy executives and will visit a solar power tower site built by Abengoa Solar, Inc.
Secretary Salazar will also meet with representatives from Repsol, the Spanish national oil and gas company, as part of Interior's ongoing effort to engage industry and the international community in a dialogue on safe and responsible offshore oil and gas development.
Ken Salazar, U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary
Alan D. Solomont, U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra
Friday, June 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm EDT
Credentialed media in the United States are invited to join the teleconference by calling 1-866-844-9416 and providing the passcode ENERGY. Media in Spain can join the call by dialing 800-300-906 and providing the passcode ENERGY.