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 Hold Media Availability on Alaska Trip, Climate Science Research
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ANCHORAGE, AK – Following a briefing from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on the Alaska Climate Science Center and the Alaska Mapping Initiative, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will hold a media availability in Anchorage on Tuesday, September 3.
The Alaska Climate Science Center opened as the first of eight regional Interior climate science centers in 2011. A partnership between the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the USGS, the center is focused on the creation of information that can be readily used in climate change adaptation, management and planning. The Alaska Climate Science Center plays an important role in President Obama's comprehensive Climate Action Plan and works to provide managers and decision makers with the tools they need to support adaptation and sustainability for natural and cultural resources in a rapidly changing Arctic.
The USGS is also working with the State of Alaska and multiple federal agencies on an initiative to produce new topographic maps of the state, replacing outdated maps that are more than 50 years old. The new, more accurate maps are expected to have many benefits and applications, including improved aviation transportation and a landscape-level understanding of Alaska.
Secretary Jewell is currently making a multi-day trip to Alaska that includes visits to: the communities of King Cove and Cold Bay to inform a pending decision concerning the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge Land Exchange/Road Corridor; the North Slope and the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska to discuss issues regarding resource development and public lands management; and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
USGS Glenn Olds Hall
Alaska Pacific University Campus
4210 University Drive
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Credentialed members of the media are welcome to attend and should RSVP here no later than Monday, September 2 at 2:00pm AKDT