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.
Secretary Salazar Announces New Members of Invasive Species Advisory Committee
Policy Management and Budget
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has appointed six new members to the Invasive Species Advisory Committee, which provides advice and recommendations to the National Invasive Species Council.
Established by Executive Order in February 1999, the National Invasive Species Council is co-chaired by the Secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture and Commerce. Its members include the Secretaries of State, Defense, Transportation, Treasury, Health and Human Services and Homeland Security; and the Administrators of the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration, the National Air and Space Administration, U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Trade Representative.
The members of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee include 29 individuals representing a broad ran
ge of stakeholders including scientific, conservation and agricultural groups; state and Tribal governments; and industry organizations that are impacted by invasive species. For more information, see www.invasivespecies.gov.
The members of the seventh convening Invasive Species Advisory Committee – including the six new members - are: