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 Tour California Water Facilities for On-the-Ground Examination of Historic Drought Issues
Last edited 4/27/2016
SACRAMENTO, CA – On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will tour the federal C.W. “Bill” Jones Pumping Plant in Byron, Calif., to examine firsthand critical water storage and conveyance facilities. Accompanying the Secretary will be California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird, Acting Commissioner of Interior's Bureau of Reclamation Lowell Pimley, and other federal, state and local officials.
The tour will be followed by a brief media availability on the federal-state response to the drought.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
John Laird, California Secretary for Natural Resources
Lowell Pimley, Acting Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation
Tour of C.W. “Bill” Jones Pumping Plant followed by media availability
March 11, 2014
12:45 PM PDT – Media check-in
1:00 PM PDT – Tour begins
C.W. “Bill” Jones Pumping Plant
16650 Kelso Road
Due to the secure facility, credentialed members of the media are required to RSVP by 5:00 PM PDT on March 10, 2014, to Margaret Gidding - email@example.com - 916-978-5101. Additional logistical details will be provided to confirmed members of the media.