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 Join Members of Idaho and Oregon Delegations, Gov. Otter for Briefing on 2014 Fire Season Outlook
President's Budget Proposal Includes New Framework to Fund Major Wildfires
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BOISE – On Monday, March 17, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will visit the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho for a briefing on the outlook of the 2014 wildfire season.
With fire seasons becoming longer and more intense, President Obama's FY15 budget proposes a new framework for funding fire suppression operations in the Interior Department and the U.S. Forest Service to provide stable funding for fire suppression, while minimizing the adverse impacts of fire transfers on the budgets of other fire and non-fire programs.
Jewell will be joined by Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, federal fire officials and members from the Idaho and Oregon delegations who are championing the legislation in the Senate and House to reform federal wildfire policy.
WHO: Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Mike Crapo, U.S. Senator from Idaho Jim Risch, U.S. Senator from Idaho Ron Wyden, U.S. Senator from Oregon Jeff Merkley, U.S. Senator from Oregon Mike Simpson, U.S. Representative from Idaho Raúl Labrador, U.S. Representative from Idaho C.L. “Butch” Otter, Governor of Idaho
Federal fire officials
Briefing on 2014 wildfire season and media availability on federal wildfire funding
Monday, March 17, 2014
11:00 a.m. MT – Media check-in
11:15 a.m. MT – Briefing begins
National Interagency Fire Center
Jack Wilson HQ Building
3833 Development Avenue
Boise, ID NOTE: Enter through security gates off of Vista Avenue
Reporters wishing to join by telephone conference please dial (800) 369-1885 Passcode: FIRE
Media interested in attending or joining by telephone conference are encouraged to RSVP here