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 Hosts Atlantic Governors at Outer Continental Shelf Wind Energy Summit
Last edited 4/25/2016
WASHINGTON, DC -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today hosted a meeting with Governors and representatives of Atlantic Coast states to discuss a regional approach to wind energy development on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). In attendance were Governor John Baldacci (Maine), Governor Donald L. Carcieri (Rhode Island), Governor Jack Markell (Delaware), Governor Bob McDonnell (Virginia), Governor Martin O'Malley (Maryland) and Governor Deval Patrick (Massachusetts) joined via phone.
“America's offshore wind potential holds great promise for our clean energy future,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. “A coordinated, region-wide approach to offshore wind will help us move forward with orderly development in the Atlantic OCS. Region-wide planning could foster cooperative approaches to developing the infrastructure necessary to service offshore wind development.”
Noting that President Obama has set a high priority on diversifying the nation's energy portfolio, Salazar said offshore wind energy production in the Atlantic offers significant potential for development.
Interior's Minerals Management Services (MMS) has identified several key areas that would benefit from a regional approach to offshore wind development, including strategic siting principles, transmission, environmental planning, and the use of environmental research funds.
Salazar has launched a number of initiatives to help spur responsible development of offshore wind resources, including the development of a regulatory framework for offshore renewable energy development. MMS will also be working with Federal agencies and other stakeholders to leverage Federal resources and funding for regional environmental and technical issues and to identify ways to improve the efficiency and predictability of the review and approval process for renewable energy projects.
MMS has already established intergovernmental task forces in seven states to address issues specific to areas off the coasts of those states. The seven states are: Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Virginia. Others are anticipated, including Florida and North Carolina. Through these task forces, the MMS works with Federal, state, local and tribal governments within the state to develop regional approaches to offshore wind development.