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 Responds to Inspector General Report on Cape Wind EIS
Last edited 4/25/2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today sent a letter to Acting Inspector General Mary Kendall regarding an investigative report on the previous Administration's handling of the Cape Wind permit application process in 2008 and early 2009.
Although the Inspector General's report found that the final Cape Wind EIS was not the subject of improper political influence or otherwise deficient, Secretary Salazar is directing Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes to work with Interior Solicitor Hilary Tompkins to review the report and provide recommendations to him regarding those issues that are material to the Department's upcoming Cape Wind decision.
In addition, Secretary Salazar is directing Deputy Secretary Hayes and Assistant Secretary Wilma Lewis to consider how the report's findings might further strengthen the newly established framework for offshore renewable energy development, finalized in April 2009. Although the Cape Wind EIS was completed prior to and independently of the new framework, the new regulations will bring added clarity and certainty to the permitting of future offshore renewable energy projects.
To read Secretary Salazar's letter to Acting Inspector General Kendall, click here.