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 with Representatives of the Colorado River Basin States
Office of the Secretary
Last edited 4/25/2016
WASHINGTON, DC -- Today Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and other senior Interior Department officials met with representatives of the Colorado River Basin states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. As a record drought goes into its eleventh year, Secretary Salazar called today's meeting to discuss a number of ongoing water issues confronting the Department and the States, and to continue the collaboration that has historically occurred on such issues.
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 challenges ahead.
The Colorado River provides drinking water for more than 25 million people and water for agriculture, industry, and renewable hydroelectricity. It is also the lifeblood of the Grand Canyon and other national parks, wildlife refuges and ecosystem services. The period from 2000 to 2010 has been the driest 11-year period in more than 100 years of recorded history in the basin. Accordingly, the challenges associated with meeting the many demands placed on this limited resource are growing.