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 Discuss Findings of Interior's Assessment of Shell's 2012 Arctic Operations
Last edited 4/27/2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, March 14, 2013, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will hold a 4:15 p.m. (Eastern Time) news media teleconference to discuss the findings of a Departmental review of Shell's 2012 Arctic operations.
Salazar will be joined by Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes, who chairs the Interagency Working Group on Coordination of Domestic Energy Development and Permitting in Alaska; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Tommy Beaudreau, who led the assessment; and James A. Watson, Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.
In January, Secretary Salazar directed the high-level review of Shell's 2012 offshore drilling program in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas – including the company's preparations for last year's drilling season and its maritime and emergency response operations – to identify challenges and lessons learned.Media can join the teleconference by dialing 1-888-455-9679 and providing the access code ARCTIC.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior
Tommy Beaudreau, Interior's Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management and Director of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
James A. Watson, Director of Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Media teleconference to discuss the findings of a Departmental review of Shell's 2012 Arctic operations
Thursday, March 14, 2013 @ 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time
Media can join the press teleconference by dialing 1-888-455-9679 and providing the access code ARCTIC.