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 Release Results of the Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study
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WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will hold a teleconference to discuss the final results of a three-year study that projects water supply and demand throughout the Colorado River Basin for the next 50 years. The comprehensive study, initiated under the SECURE Water Act of 2009 and jointly funded and prepared by the Bureau of Reclamation and the seven basin states, provides new scientific data and includes a range of proposals from stakeholders to reduce the projected supply and demand gaps.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Anne Castle
Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor
Colorado River Basin States Co-Study Manager Kay Brothers
Telephone news conference to announce the release of the Colorado River Basin Supply and Demand Study
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. EST
Credentialed news organizations are invited to participate by dialing 1-888-982-7416; Passcode: INTERIOR (given verbally)