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 Salazar to Celebrate Historic U.S.-Mexico Water Agreement Signing
Media Availability and Teleconference Call
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CORONADO, Calif.—On Tuesday, November 20, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor, officials from the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) and leadership from the seven Colorado River Basin States' water organizations to celebrate the signing of Minute 319, a five-year agreement between the United States and Mexico designed to jointly address challenges in the Colorado River Basin.
The signing builds on Secretary Salazar's visit to Mexico City in December 2010, which resulted in the completion of the ‘Minute 318' water agreement and discussions between the United States and Mexico on a comprehensive long-term strategy regarding the management of the Colorado River.
Ken Salazar, U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary
Michael L. Connor, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner
Edward Drusina, IBWC U.S. Commissioner
Roberto F. Salmon, IBWC Mexican Commissioner
Representatives, Colorado River Basin States' water organizations
Media Availability/Teleconference on Minute 319 Signing (Media unavailable to attend may call-in with the below information)
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
1:00 p.m. PDT // 4:00 p.m. EDT – Signing Ceremony
2:30 p.m. PDT // 5:30 p.m. EDT – Media Availability/Teleconference
Hotel Del Coronado
1500 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118
Media are invited to join the teleconference by dialing 1-888-995-9855 and providing the access code STANLEY.