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.
Anne Morkill, Fish and Wildlife Service, briefs Secretary of the Department of the Interior Ken Salazar. Photo by Tami Heilemann-DOI
Secretary Salazar and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish And Wildlife Service Will Shafroth analyze a sandbar created in 2005 by hurricane Wilma. The sandbar has become an important habitat for various birds in the region. Photo by Tami Heilemann-DOI
Photo by Tami Heilemann-DOI
Secretary of the Department of the Interior Ken Salazar and Glen Cullingford, Southwest Pilot for the Fish and Wildlife Service, review a map of the Everglades and Tamiami Trail. Photo by Tami Heilemann-DOI
Secretary Salazar and children of volunteers at the Key Deer Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Tami Heilemann-DOI
Secretary Salazar and Assistant Secretary for Fish And Wildlife Service Will Shafroth view a map of the loop current off the coast of the Florida Keys. Photo by Tami Heilemann-DOI
Photo by Tami Heilemann-DOI
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Secretary of the Department of the Interior Ken Salazar toured the Florida Keys on Jan 8. Secretary Salazar announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with private landowners, conservation groups and federal, tribal, state and local agencies to develop a new national wildlife refuge and conservation area to preserve the community's ranching heritage and conserve the headwaters and fish and wildlife of the Everglades on Jan.7.