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 Names Investment and Management Specialist Chris Henderson to Serve as Interior Recovery Czar
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today named investment expert and government management specialist Chris Henderson to serve as Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Economic Recovery. As the "Recovery Czar" for the Department of the Interior, Henderson will oversee the more than $3 billion in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that Interior will be investing in projects in communities, parks, and public lands across the country.
"President Obama and Vice President Biden have made it clear that we must implement the Recovery Act, swiftly, wisely, and with unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability so that we can create jobs and put our country back on track," said Secretary Salazar. "There is nobody more qualified than Chris Henderson to take on this challenge at the Department of the Interior. Chris brings financial expertise and management experience from his service in both the public and private sectors. He is a first rate leader, a person of integrity, and his many accomplishments speak for themselves. Chris will report directly to me as we work to create jobs, deliver results to taxpayers, and implement the bold vision the President has outlined."
Henderson has served as the chief operating officer for Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper since 2006. In this role, he has focused on improving the city's strategic planning and performance management efforts, as well as carrying out a number of successful organizational initiatives to improve efficiency and service levels.
Henderson joined the Hickenlooper Administration following a 15-year career in investment banking and private equity investing. The last 13 years of that career were spent with Vestar Capital Partners, a leading private equity firm managing more than $7 billion in capital. At Vestar he served as a managing director and member of the firm's investment committee.
Henderson was involved in transactions where more than $500 million was successfully invested in firms such as Prestone Products, Polo Jeans Company, Pyramid Communications, Gold Toe Corporation, and Michael Foods. Prior to joining Vestar, Henderson spent two years with the investment bank Credit Suisse First Boston in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group.
Henderson, 41, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Columbia University.