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.
Interior Secretary Jewell and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack in Colorado to Announce Western Watershed Enhancement Partnership
Partnership will invest in critical water resources that are susceptible to wildfires; Pilot project in Colorado to serve as model for other Western states
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, July 19, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Senator Mark Udall will host an event at Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins, Colo., to announce a federal, local and private partnership to reduce the risks of wildfire to Colorado's water supply.
Friday's announcement will serve as the kickoff for the Western Watershed Enhancement Partnership, which is part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan that outlines a comprehensive approach to better prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change.
Through the initiative, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation will work together with water users to identify and mitigate risks of wildfire on Forest Service lands that threaten Bureau of Reclamation water supply, irrigation and hydroelectric facilities.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture
Mark Udall, Senator
Announcement of a federal, local and private collaboration to reduce the risks of wildfire to America's water supply