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.
Interior and Homeland Security Collaborate on Border Protection, Resource Conservation along US/Mexico Border
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar with Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Superintendent Lee Baiza, touring border crossing in Lukeville, Ariz. Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar walks along border fence at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar discusses border security and conservation with Arizona Representative Raul Grijalva, (Dist. 7) at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar observes conservation conditions along the US/Mexico border at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar meets with Robert Eggle, father of Kris Eggle, a park ranger who was killed in the line of duty, while pursuing drug smugglers at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument on August 9, 2002. Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar met with Department of the Interior and Department of Homeland Security Border Patrol employees at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument on March 13, 2010 to discuss progress and cooperative efforts for homeland security projects in the area. Illegal cross-border impacts, including drug trafficking, have created significant law enforcement and environmental challenges there and on other Interior lands along the border. They have endangered the safety of staff and visitors, requiring restrictions on public access to many areas, damaging the habitat of threatened and endangered species and degrading lands with trash and illegal traffic.