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.
Salazar Announces $90 Million for Nevada and Lake Tahoe Restoration and Improvement Projects
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WASHINGTON, DC -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that the Department will commit more than $89.8 million for a variety of restoration and improvement projects throughout Nevada and Lake Tahoe. The funding is a result of the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA) which uses proceeds from sales of federal land in Clark County, Nevada, to fund environmental restoration, conservation and public recreational projects throughout the state. The Department of the Interior has contributed more than $3 billion to key restoration projects throughout Nevada, including more than $350 million for Lake Tahoe Basin restoration in Nevada, since the Act's passage in 1998.
“Nevada's natural beauty and unique landscapes should be protected for future generations and I am pleased to commit nearly $90 million for important projects throughout the state,” Salazar said. “The Department of the Interior remains committed to working closely with our local, state and Federal partners to restore and enhance these specials areas for the benefit of all who live in and visit the state.”
“The BLM is committed to ensuring that the American people benefit from their public lands,” said Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey, who oversees the public land sales. “Through SNPLMA, the BLM contributes to the efforts to improve landscapes, restore wildlife habitat, protect vital water resources and other sensitive areas, and develop new recreational facilities in the magnificent State of Nevada.”
The funding is contained in Round 11 expenditures under the Act and includes more than $76.7 million for projects throughout Nevada in the following categories:
Parks, Trails & Natural Areas - $14,722,396
Capital Improvements - $9,647,508
Conservation Initiatives - $1,184,836
Environmentally Sensitive Land Acquisitions - $11,267,250
Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Wildfire Prevention - $3,949,800