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's Western Jobs Swing Continues with Stops in Arizona and California
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WASHINGTON, DC - On Wednesday, January 11, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will kick-off a three-day trip to Arizona and California where he will spotlight the job-creating impacts of a clean energy economy and the economic benefits behind tourism and conservation of our nation's public lands and urban waterways.
In Arizona, Secretary Salazar will tour the site of a solar power plant that is under construction in Gila Bend. Abengoa's Solana Generating Station is expected to create over 1,600 jobs during peak construction and generate 280 megawatts when completed, or enough to power 70,000 homes. Salazar will meet with workers on site and take a first-hand look at Abengoa's unique solar storage technology. Following the site visit, Salazar will hold a stakeholder meeting with business and energy stakeholders in Phoenix to discuss how to unlock clean energy jobs throughout Arizona.
In California, Salazar will join Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday to celebrate the selection of the Los Angeles River Watershed which has been identified twice as a priority project for the Obama administration under the President's America's Great Outdoors (AGO) initiative and the Urban Waters Federal Partnership (UWFP). Both initiatives seek to reconnect Americans to the great outdoors and revitalize urban waterways in underserved communities across the country.
On Friday, Salazar will join Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. in Elk Grove to announce an agreement between the State of California and Interior to advance the state's and nation's renewable energy goals and create clean energy jobs. The event will be held in Elk Grove, the site of a Recurrent Energy solar energy project. Recurrent Energy's four Sacramento-area projects are expected to generate 160 million kWh of electricity in year one, which is roughly equivalent to the electricity consumption of 12,000 average American homes.
Salazar will wrap up his Western job swing with a visit to Fort Ord in California with Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey. A former military base located on the Monterey Peninsula, Fort Ord offers over 86 miles of public trails and welcomes 100,000 visitors a year. During the visit Salazar, Hayes, and Abbey will learn about ongoing efforts to enhance conservation and recreation opportunities in the area.
Arizona: Abengoa's Solana Generating Station Tour and Media Availability
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Manuel Sanchez, Chief Executive Officer, Abengoa
Tour of Abengoa's Solana Generating Station Construction Site and Media Availability
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012
*media need to meet at site no later than 9:45a.m. for security clearance and safety briefing. Please wear hard soled, closed toe shoes.
Solana is located approximately 12 miles west of Gila Bend, Arizona, at the
northwest corner of the intersection of Interstate 8 and Painted Rock Dam Road (I-8 Exit #102). Proceed approximately ½ mile north on Painted Rock Dam Road and follow signs to the Visitor Entrance. Abengoa hosts will greet you there.
Media interested in attending, must RSVP by 10:00 pm MDT TODAY to Allison