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's Statement on National Academy of Sciences Review of California Bay Delta Water Issues
Last edited 4/25/2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar released the following statement on the National Academy of Sciences' scientific review of key questions on California Bay Delta water issues:
“I would like to thank the National Academy of Sciences for its first report, released today, regarding key questions relating to the California Bay Delta.
“In November 2009 the Department of the Interior and the Department of Commerce asked for an independent scientific review evaluating the status of the California Bay Delta, specifically as to how to protect this precious, complicated and unique ecosystem while also providing a reliable water supply for Californians.
“I am very grateful that the Academy produced this report in record time. I appreciate the intensive and thorough work done by both the Academy and the panel of eminent scientists and scholars who volunteered their time on this complicated assignment. We are committed to having our policy decisions driven by the best science available to us. I am directing our team to review carefully the report we have just received and to determine how we might most effectively take advantage of the National Academy's hard work.
“We also look forward to assisting the Academy as it tackles its second report, which will address scientific questions relating to the full array of factors affecting the health of the Bay Delta and long term measures to restore the ecosystem.”