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.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to Host Media Conference Call on the 2013 Wildfire Season Forecast
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WASHINGTON – On Monday, May 13, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will host a media conference call to provide an outlook for the 2013 fire season and to outline the federal government's efforts to ensure collaboration in protecting Americans from wildfire. They will be joined by U.S. Fire Administrator Ernest Mitchell from FEMA's U.S Fire Administration and John Segar, Chairman of the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group at the National Interagency Fire Center.
This year, significant fire potential is predicted to be above normal in much of the West, including almost all of Arizona, New Mexico, California and Oregon; and portions of Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, and Washington. In 2012, 9.3 million acres of private, state, and federal land, and more than 4,400 structures burned in wildfires. That was the third highest number of acres burned since at least 1960, the earliest date with reliable records.
Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Ernest Mitchell, Administrator of FEMA's U.S. Fire Administration John Segar, Chairman of the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group at the National Interagency Fire Center
Media call to provide an outlook for the 2013 fire season
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 1:00 P.M. EDT
Audio Bridge Number: 888-455-0739
Trouble number – 202-720-8560
All callers using the above passcode will be placed in listen only mode. To join the Q&A portion of the meeting, these callers are instructed to press *1 on their touch tone phone.