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.
Tuesday: Secretary Jewell, Governor O'Malley to Make Announcement on Offshore Wind in Maryland
Last edited 4/27/2016
BALTIMORE, MD – As part of President Obama's comprehensive plan to move our economy toward domestic clean energy sources and begin to slow the effects of climate change, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join Governor Martin O'Malley and others for an important announcement on progress for wind leasing offshore Maryland.
Efforts to spur responsible development of offshore wind energy are part of a series of Obama Administration actions to increase renewable energy both offshore and onshore. President Obama's comprehensive Climate Action Plan challenges Interior to re-double efforts on its renewable energy program by approving 20,000 megawatts of renewable energy production on public lands and waters by 2020.
WHO: Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Tommy Beaudreau, Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland Mark Rice, CEO of Maritime Applied Physics Corporation
Announcement on Maryland offshore wind leasing
Tuesday, December 17
10:15 a.m. EST – Media check-in
10:30 a.m. – Event begins NOTE: Q&A with event participants to immediately follow announcement
Maritime Applied Physics Corporation Headquarters
1850 Frankfurst Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21226 NOTE: Media who are not able to attend can use the following listen-only call-in information:
Media interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP here by 6:00 p.m. EST on Monday, December 16