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, Bromwich Visit Gulf Coast, Encourage Interior Employees in Fight to Protect Communities, Coasts, and Wildlife
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NEW ORLEANS, LA – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) Director Michael R. Bromwich are in Louisiana today receiving updates on oil spill response efforts and visiting Interior employees who are working to protect Gulf Coast communities, coastlines, and wildlife from the BP oil spill.
“I am proud of the tireless efforts of public servants, volunteers, and citizens from across the country who are working tirelessly to protect the communities and natural resources of the Gulf Coast,” said Salazar. “I am particularly proud of the many Interior employees, including scientists, wildlife professionals, engineers, and park rangers who are lending their professionalism and expertise to the effort. I appreciate their service, dedication, and sacrifice on behalf of our nation.”
Secretary Salazar began the day with a visit with Admiral Thad Allen to the Helix Producer, where they received an update on oil and gas containment and collection efforts and observed the drilling of the relief wells.
Secretary Salazar then visited with Interior employees at the Unified Area Command in New Orleans, where he thanked public servants for their dedication and commitment and encouraged them to continue their non-stop efforts to protect the people and natural resources of the Gulf Coast from the impacts of the BP oil spill.
Director Bromwich, who on Tuesday appeared before the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, today met with employees at the BOEM office in New Orleans. He also participated in a flyover of areas affected by the oil spill.
Approximately 1,100 Interior employees are currently deployed to the Gulf of Mexico to assist with the oil spill response.