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 Sally Jewell Holds Lease Signing Ceremony for Wind Energy Area Offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts
Secretary Sally Jewell speaks with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski before the signing ceremony. Photo Credit: Tami Heilemann
Tommy Beaudreau, Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), welcomes guests to the ceremony, and introduces Jeff Grybowski, Senator Whitehouse and Secretary Jewell. Photo Credit: Tami Heilemann
Senator Whitehouse gives remarks at the signing ceremony. Photo Credit: Tami Heilemann
Secretary Jewell at the signing ceremony, accompanied by Jeff Grybowski and Senator Whitehouse. Photo Credit: Tami Heilemann
Secretary Jewell, Director Beaudreau, Senator Whitehouse, Jeff Grybowski and the team from BOEM pose for a photograph after the ceremony. Photo Credit: Tami Heilemann
To commemorate the country's first-ever competitive lease sale for renewable energy in federal waters, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today held a lease signing ceremony for the Wind Energy Area offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Guests included U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy Beaudreau, and staff from BOEM's Offices of Renewable Energy Programs and Strategic Resources.