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.
TODAY: Secretary Jewell to Discuss New Report on Interior's Economic Contributions
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, July 29, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will hold a press call to detail the Department of the Interior's contributions to the nation's economy in areas ranging from outdoor recreation and tourism to conventional and renewable energy development.
During the call, Secretary Jewell will discuss the findings of The U.S. Department of the Interior Economic Report for Fiscal Year 2012, prepared by Interior's Office of Policy Analysis. The report covers activities including management of public lands and waterways, mineral development, recreation, wildlife protection, and scientific discovery and modernization.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
Pam Haze, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Finance, Performance, and
Release of The U.S. Department of the Interior Economic Report FY 2012
Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 1:00 p.m. EDT
Credentialed members of the media can participate in the press teleconference by
calling 1-888-282-0409 and entering passcode: INTERIOR.