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, Governors Kulongoski and Schwarzenegger Announce Agreement on Klamath River Basin Restoration
Secretary Salazar announced the framework for the Klamath restoration agreement in Oregon's Capitol Rotunda. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
“The Agreements provide a path forward to meet the needs of local communities, tribes, farmers, fishermen and other stakeholders while restoring a beautiful river and its historic salmon runs,” Secretary Salazar said. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Secretary Salazar shakes hands with California Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Secretary signs the agreement framework as Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger look on. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Secretary Salazar and Governors Kulongoski and Schwarzenegger received gifts from local tribes to mark the occasion. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Secretary Salazar looks at a map of the Klamath River Basin. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, Secretary Salazar, and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar joined Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, PacificCorp Chief Executive Officer Greg Abel and the chairmen of the Klamath, Yurok and Karuk Tribes in the Oregon Capitol Rotunda to announce final agreements that could potentially lead to removal of four dams on the Klamath River and the largest river restoration project in our nation's history. The potential removal of the dams is a key piece of a major restoration effort for the Klamath developed by more than 30 diverse stakeholders, including California and Oregon, three tribes, PacifiCorp, water users and conservation groups.