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 Visit North Dakota to Promote Domestic Energy as Economic Engine
Will Tour Onshore Production Facilities; As Part of President's Climate Action Plan, will see First-Hand Innovative Technologies to Capture Methane Emissions
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Next week, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will travel to North Dakota to highlight steps the Obama Administration is taking to create jobs, decrease our dependence on foreign oil, cut carbon pollution, and grow our economy as part of an all-of-the-above American-made energy strategy. This will be the Jewell's first trip to the Bakken region as Secretary.
On Tuesday, August 6, Secretary Jewell will travel to Williston, N.D., and the surrounding area to tour oil and gas development operations on federal mineral estate in western North Dakota, where oil and gas production is rapidly expanding on federal, state, and private lands.
Accompanied by U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley, Secretary Jewell will visit a drilling rig actively producing oil from federal resources; tour a crude oil production facility where oil is processed, stored, and transported via truck, rail and pipelines to refineries across the country; and inspect innovative technologies to capture and reduce fugitive methane emissions. The President's Climate Action Plan calls for the Administration to work collaboratively with state governments, as well as the private sector, to reduce emissions across multiple sectors, improve air quality, and achieve public health and economic benefits.
On Wednesday, August 7, Secretary Jewell will meet with the Bakken Federal Executive Working Group, which represents a dozen federal bureaus with review responsibilities in the Bakken. The group was identified by the President as one of five priority regional initiatives under Executive Order 13604, Improving Performance of Federal Permitting and Review of Infrastructure Projects. The group is working collaboratively to address common obstacles associated with the Bakken energy boom in western North Dakota.
Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
John Hoeven, U.S. Senator
Heidi Heitkamp, U.S. Senator
Drew Wrigley, Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
Neil Kornze, Principal Deputy Director of the Bureau of Land Management
Media Availability and Tour of Statoil Onshore Facility
Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at 12:30 PM CDT
Statoil Onshore Facility
14649 Brigham Drive
Williston, ND 58801
Credentialed members of the media must RSVP HERE no later than 5:00 PM EDT on Monday, August 5, 2013. Additional instructions on locations will be provided to those who RSVP.