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 Jewell, Governor Kitzhaber to Announce Milestone for Oregon's Offshore Wind Future
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PORTLAND, Oregon – On Wednesday, February 5, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy Beaudreau to make an announcement regarding an innovative effort to tap into the vast offshore wind energy resources along the West Coast.
Jewell's Oregon visit comes on the heels of President Obama's State of the Union address where he laid out actions to move the economy toward clean energy sources, reduce carbon pollution and create jobs. Through his Climate Action Plan, President Obama has challenged Interior to spur the development of clean energy by approving 20,000 megawatts on public lands and waters by 2020 – enough to power approximately 6 million American homes.
WHO: Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior John Kitzhaber, Governor of Oregon Tommy Beaudreau, BOEM Director
Clean Energy Announcement
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
11:00 am PST
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry – Theory Room
1945 SE Water Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
NOTE: Media who are not able to attend can use the following listen-only call-in
Media wishing to attend the event should RSVP here by 6:00 pm PST on Tuesday, February 4.