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 to Host National Ocean Council Workshop on Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning
Office of the Secretary
Workshop starting tomorrow called for in President's Ocean Policy
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On behalf of the National Ocean Council, which includes 27 federal agencies and offices, the Department of the Interior will host and organize the June 21-23 National Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Workshop at its Washington, D.C. headquarters.
Leading off a top panel of federal officials tomorrow, David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior, will discuss the vision and stewardship responsibilities of President Obama's National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts and the Great Lakes.
The first day of the Workshop will be a dedicated public and stakeholder session, at which pre-registered citizens will join the National Oceans Council (NOC) and Federal, state, tribal, and regional representatives to develop an understanding of the CMSP process, begin to build a community of future CMSP practitioners, and consider next steps for regional implementation. The session is open to media and will be live-streamed on the Interior website at www.doi.gov/live. The agenda and more information can be found at www.whitehouse.gov/oceans.
National Ocean Council
National Coastal and Marine Planning Workshop, June 21-23
When and Where:
Public Session, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., June 21, 2011, Yates Auditorium, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20240
Gathering public feedback through this workshop is a critical step toward implementing a National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, our Coasts, and the Great Lakes (National Ocean Policy), as established by Executive Order under President Obama.