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.
Readout of Secretary Salazar's Meeting on Western Oregon Forest Issues
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Last edited 4/25/2016
WASHINGTON, DC -- Today Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and other senior Interior Department officials met with representatives from Western Oregon to discuss management of forests in the Pacific Northwest.
The meeting included a review of two pilot projects that are to be carried out in the Bureau of Land Management's Medford and Roseburg Districts. The projects, to be undertaken with the input and leadership of Professors Norman Johnson and Jerry Franklin, seek to demonstrate a landscape level approach to forest ecosystem restoration through active management. Such an approach is intended to help the Bureau's efforts to restore more functional and sustainable ecological conditions in Federal forests; conserve old-growth forests and trees; recover threatened species; sustain local communities; and maintain a highly skilled workforce and milling infrastructure.
At today's meeting, the state and Departmental representatives renewed their commitment to a strong working partnership with open lines of communication in order to tackle the long-standing challenges.