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 Visit National Renewable Energy Laboratory Site in Colorado
Will Tour State-of-the-Art Research Facility and Campus as part of President Obama's All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy
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GOLDEN, CO — Tomorrow, July 12, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will visit the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) campus in Golden, Colorado. He will view a construction project that is underway for a new Energy Systems Integration Facility and tour NREL's Net Zero Energy Research Support Facility. Salazar is visiting the campus to highlight the role of renewable energy research and development in President Obama's all-of-the-above energy strategy to create jobs and build a clean energy future.
Media are invited to join the tour of the campus. An RSVP is required as space is limited.
NREL is the only national laboratory solely dedicated to advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies from concept to commercial application. For 35 years, NREL innovations, analysis, and expertise have enabled the emergence of a U.S. clean energy industry and led to numerous success stories from across the laboratory.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Dr. Dan Arvizu, NREL Laboratory Director
National Renewable Energy Laboratory Site Tour
Friday, July 13, 2012 @ 11:00 a.m. MDT
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
15013 Denver West Parkway
Golden, CO 80401
Media interested in attending MUST RSVP no later than 9:00 a.m. July 13 in order to ensure access to the facility and secure a space on the tour. Please contact George Douglas at 303-275-4096 or email@example.com. Directions for where to meet will be given at that time.