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 to Headline Fifth Annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit at Weber State University
Keynote Remarks to Highlight President's Climate Action Plan, Interior's Work to Support a Sustainable Energy Future
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OGDEN, UT – Tomorrow, Thursday, March 6, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will headline the fifth annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit at Weber State University.
In a keynote address sponsored by the Olene S.Walker Institute of Politics & Public Service, Secretary Jewell will discuss Interior's role in developing domestic clean energy sources, reducing carbon pollution and creating jobs, as part of the President's Climate Action Plan. The President's Budget Proposal for FY 2015 includes a $1 billion Climate Resilience Fund which will invest in research, help communities plan and prepare for climate change impacts, and funding breakthrough technologies to build smarter and more resilient infrastructure.
Jewell is speaking at the invitation of former Utah Gov. Walker after whom the institute is named. The speech will be live streamed to the public at tinyurl.com/wsustream.