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, Senior Obama Administration Officials to Join Mayor Cownie, Other Leaders in Des Moines, Iowa, for Climate Task Force Meeting
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, May 14th, senior Obama Administration officials including White House Council on Environmental Quality Acting Chair Mike Boots, White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs David Agnew, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Assistant to the President for Science and Technology Dr. John Holdren will join Mayor Cownie of Des Moines, Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois, and state, local and tribal leaders from across the country for a media availability in Des Moines, Iowa, following the third meeting of President Obama's Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.
The President established the Task Force last fall to advise the Administration on how the Federal Government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change. Supporting state and local efforts to protect communities from the effects of climate change is an important part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan.
The Task Force meeting will focus on improving the resilience of our Nation's natural resources and agriculture as well as health and community development. Administration officials and Task Force members will be available to the media following the meeting.
The Task Force held its first meeting in December at the White House, and recently met in Los Angeles for the Task Force's second meeting.
Mike Boots, Acting Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality David Agnew, Director, White House Intergovernmental Affairs Sally Jewell, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology Pat Quinn, Governor of Illinois T.M. Franklin Cownie, Mayor, Des Moines Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency Let Mon Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture Harriet Tregoning, Director of Economic Resilience, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Captain Jose Belardo, Regional Health Administrator, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Dr. Judith Monroe, Director of the Office of State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Members of the State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience
Press Conference on Climate Change Preparedness and Resilience