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 President's Proposed Fiscal Year 2014 Budget for Interior Department
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, April 10, 2013, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will provide an overview of the Obama administration's proposed fiscal year 2014 budget for the Department of the Interior in a 1:30 p.m. EST teleconference.
The telephone conference can be accessed by dialing 1-888-989-8182 and entering the code INTERIOR.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
News media teleconference on FY 2014 budget for the Interior Department
Wednesday, April 10, 2013; 1:30 p.m. EST
All credentialed news organizations are invited to participate in the news media teleconference by dialing 1-888-989-8182 and providing the access code INTERIOR. News media will have an opportunity to ask questions following the presentation. Callers will be asked for their name, affiliation and phone number.