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 Testifies on Reform, Response and Recovery Efforts for Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today told the Presidential commission investigating the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that the tragedy has fueled and bolstered the Department's ongoing drive to reform and restructure the federal offshore oil and gas regulatory framework and to make the nation a world leader in safe and environmentally responsible energy development.
“It is my goal for the Department of the Interior, with the help of this Commission, to create the gold standard for worker safety and environmental protection in oil and gas production in the oceans of America,” Secretary Salazar told the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. “These standards will serve as a model for the world so that other nations too can learn from the tragedy of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.”
Secretary Salazar was joined at the meeting by Interior Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes and Michael R. Bromwich, Director of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM).
Secretary Salazar's testimony covered the Department's immediate response efforts, ongoing reform and restructuring of offshore oil and gas regulations, continuing recovery efforts and environmental damage assessments and policy on offshore oil and gas development in the Arctic.