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 Commends Employees for Their Hard Work in 2009
Office of the Secretary
Releases Year-in-Review Report for Interior
Last edited 4/25/2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today thanked the department's employees around the nation for their hard work and accomplishments during 2009, releasing a report on the major conservation, energy and land management initiatives and administrative reforms achieved in the past year.
Speaking at a Town Hall assembly at the Department's headquarters and via satellite to thousands of employees around the nation, Salazar noted that the completion of the Obama Administration's first year in office was “an appropriate opportunity to reflect on the achievements we have made together as a Department and to look forward to the challenges ahead.”
“The belief that we can leave our world better than we found it is why we are called to public service,” Salazar said. “It's why you and I and all of us are here at Interior.” The Secretary also told employees he appreciated receiving their ideas, thoughts, and vision for the Department and the Nation and looked forward to continuing to hear from them through new channels of communication for employee expression and comment.
The 36-page report highlights the progress the Department made and the Secretary's vision for the coming year. It is available online here.