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 David Nawi Senior Advisor to the Secretary for California and Nevada
Office of the Secretary
Last edited 4/25/2016
WASHINGTON — Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar today announced that he has named David Nawi of Sacramento, Calif., as Senior Advisor to the Secretary for California and Nevada.
“The current water crisis and land management challenges in our nation's most populous state, California, as well as the extensive Interior land resources in Nevada can be better served with an ‘on the ground' representative of the Department and the Administration,” said Secretary Salazar.
“The newly created Senior Advisor will serve as our ‘eyes and ears' in this important region,” the Secretary noted. “David Nawi is well suited for this job because of his extensive experience with resource and environmental issues and his knowledge of the Department of the Interior and the western states.” Administratively, his position is part of the Office of the Secretary.
Nawi served from 1993 to 2001 as Interior's Regional Solicitor for the Pacific Southwest Region, where he was responsible for providing legal and policy advice to national and regional department leadership and for coordinating the department's legal offices in California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. He was extensively involved in California water issues and the implementation of reclamation law and the Endangered Species Act, and he worked closely with counterparts in other federal agencies and representatives of state and local government.
Most recently he has served as the principal of David Nawi Environmental Mediation, focusing on water, air pollution, endangered species, and land use. Since 2002, he has been a member of the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, where he serves as the Chair of the Forest Practice Committee and is the Board's principal liaison on greenhouse gas issues.
Before his tenure as Regional Solicitor, Nawi served for ten years as the General Counsel for the California Air Resources Board, and as a Deputy Attorney General in the California Department of Justice Environment/Natural Resources Section.
David graduated from Harvard College in 1962, and was awarded an LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1966.
In his new job, Nawi will ensure that the views of the Secretary are considered and implemented in all appropriate venues, and that the Secretary has adequate, timely information about project developments, opinions and concerns from elected officials, upcoming deadlines, legal issues, potential media attention, and imminent controversies in any area of the Department's jurisdiction.