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, Secretary Vilsack, CEQ Acting Chair Boots to Announce Final Phase of National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and White House Council on Environmental Quality Acting Chair Mike Boots today will release the final phase of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy – a collaborative response to the wildland fire risks facing the nation. The strategy coordinates and integrates the efforts of federal, tribal, state and non-government partners and private property owners across all lands and jurisdictions.
The senior Administration officials will be joined by Jim Karels, Chair of the Wildland Fire Committee for the National Association of State Foresters, and Will G. May, Jr., National Wildland Fire Coordinator for the International Association of Fire Chiefs
Media may participate in the 2:30 pm EDT news conference by dialing 1-888-391-7047 and providing the access code WILDFIRE.
The National Cohesive Strategy aims to use all stakeholders' wildland firefighting resources to achieve maximum efficiency and impact, reflecting a shared responsibility for managing fire-prone lands; protecting the nation's natural, tribal and cultural resources; and making communities safe and resilient for future generations.
The implementation of the National Cohesive Strategy supports the Obama Administration's Climate Action Plan to reduce wildfire risks, which are exacerbated by heat and drought conditions resulting from climate change. Improving the resilience of landscapes will make natural areas and communities less vulnerable to catastrophic fire.
WHO: Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Boots, Acting Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Jim Karels, Chair of the Wildland Fire Committee for the National Association
of State Foresters Will G. May, Jr., National Wildland Fire Coordinator for the International Association of Fire Chiefs
Release of the Final Phase of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy
Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at 2:30 pm EDT
Media wishing to participate in the news conference should call 1-888-391-7047 and provide the access code WILDFIRE.