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.
Salazar Launches New Resources for Open Government
Office of the Secretary
Last edited 4/25/2016
Washington, D.C. – Continuing his pledge for an open and transparent department, US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that the department will be launching two new resources to allow the public to view government data about America's hydropower resources on a monthly basis and data about wildland fires from the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) on-line.
“The Department of the Interior is committed to the success of the President's Open Government Initiative and transparency sites like Data.gov,” said Secretary Salazar. “Interior has played a key role in the development, on-going management, and evolution of Data.gov and will continue to do so.”
Interior is the second largest contributor in the Federal government to the overall number of datasets and tools accessible through Data.gov.
For the first time, the Department of the Interior is making key government data about America's hydropower resources available on a monthly basis. These data provide more detailed and timely information about the amount of raw energy generated through hydropower which helps industry, academic researchers, and government work together to develop informed strategies for sustaining a dynamic and independent energy future for all Americans. This level of analysis can be used to predict future power needs and the energy needed to meet those needs, as well as identify locations for future wind, solar, and other green energy development.
In addition to the hydropower data, the Department's Bureau of Reclamation is taking additional steps to be more open and accessible including, featuring highly requested information on the main page of its website, www.usbr.gov, and utilizing new communication channels like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
Secondly, the Department of the Interior is making data about wildland fires from the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) available on-line. NIFC, located in Boise, Idaho, is an interagency facility that provides a national focus for the planning, coordination, and execution of a common wildland firefighting mission among the Department of the Interior land managing bureaus, the USDA Forest Service, and state, local, and tribal partners. The interagency dataset provides a statistical summary of wildland fires dating back to 1960. Access to information about wildland fires will enable the public, industry, academia, and government to work together to develop and execute informed strategies for better protecting all Americans from wildland fires.
Secretary Salazar and the Department of the Interior are committed to the success of Data.gov and the Open Government Initiative.