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 Lauds Senate's Confirmation of Anne Castle as Assistant Secretary for Water and Science
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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today lauded the U.S. Senate's confirmation of Anne Castle as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science.
“Anne Castle has more than 25 years of experience in water rights, water quality and natural resources law,” Secretary Salazar said. “I welcome Anne to our leadership team and look forward to working with her on the major water and science challenges we face, from climate impacts, to drought and regional water issues.”
As Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at Interior, Castle will oversee water and science policy and have responsibility for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey.
A partner in the Denver, Colo. office of Holland & Hart LLP since 1981, Castle has had an extensive practice, including litigation and multi-party negotiations involving water issues, water related transactions, and advice on water policy and strategy. Her clients have included a wide assortment of water users from small and large municipal water and wastewater treatment providers to farmers and ranchers, water and conservation districts and operators of commercial facilities. She was elected in 2001 to chair the firm's management committee and served in that position until 2004.
In 2007 Colorado Governor Ritter appointed Castle to the South Platte River Basin Task Force that examined the water crisis and its challenges for water users in the northeast Colorado basin, and provided recommendations for legislative changes that continue to be explored. She also was the chair and an elected member of the Board of Directors, Genesee Water and Sanitation District from 1989 to 2002. Castle was appointed a member of the Colorado Ground Water Commission from 1994 to 2002 by former Colorado Governor Roy Romer.
Castle has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for water law both in 2007 and 2008. The Women's Vision Foundation selected Castle for its prestigious Woman of Vision award in 2008, recognizing positive, enlightened leadership and active promotion of the advancement of women within the law firm and in the community. She was featured in the November 2008 issue of Law Practice magazine in its leadership profile series.