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.
Interior Extends Deadline for Nominations to Committee on U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
Policy Management and Budget
WASHINGTON – In response to several requests, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that the department is extending the deadline by 30 days to receive nominations for membership on a national committee to guide and oversee U.S. implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI). This initiative is a voluntary, global effort designed to increase transparency, strengthen the accountability of natural resource revenues, and build public trust for the governance of these vital activities.
The committee is being convened under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Members will include non-federal representatives from the extractive industry and the public, and may ultimately include representatives from state, local and/or Tribal governments.
The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative commits participating countries to disclose to an independent reconciler certain revenues obtained for oil, gas and mining development. It also commits companies to make parallel disclosures regarding payments to the government. The reconciled figures are then made public. The design of each nation's EITI framework is country-specific and developed jointly by a Multi-Stakeholder Group comprised of members of the public, government and industry through a multi-year, consensus-based process. The Committee will serve as the initial Multi-Stakeholder Group for USEITI implementation.
Nominations for membership on the committee must now be received by September 26, 2012. (If you have already submitted your nomination materials, you will not need to resubmit.) Nominations should be made by the following methods:
Mail or hand-carry nominations to Ms. Shirley Conway; Department of the Interior; Office of Natural Resources Revenue; 1801 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 400; Washington, DC 20006.