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.
Park Police Chief Teresa Chambers Returns to Interior
Secretary Salazar applauds Chief Chambers return. Tami Heilemann - DOI
Secretary Salazar swears-in Teresa Chambers. Tami Heilemann - DOI
National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis and Teresa Chambers arrive at the Secretary's office. Tami Heilemann - DOI
Secretary Salazar welcomes Teresa Chambers. Tami Heilemann - DOI
Secretary Salazar congratulates Teresa Chambers on her return to duty. Tami Heilemann - DOI
Deputy Secretary David Hayes welcomes Teresa Chambers back to her post as Chief of the National Park Police. Tami Heilemann - DOI
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today swore in Teresa Chambers as the Chief of the U.S. Park Police. Secretary Salazar administered the oath of office to Chambers at a Swearing-In Ceremony at the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior building.