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.
Statement by Secretary Salazar Marking One-Year Anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Office of the Secretary
Last edited 4/26/2016
WASHINGTON, DC--Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today issued the following statement regarding the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
“Today, we remember the eleven men who died in the Deepwater Horizon explosion. They were sons, fathers, husbands and brothers. Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones on this solemn anniversary.
“Today, we also recognize the thousands of women and men who have worked tirelessly and relentlessly over the last year to contain the spill, clean marshes and coastlines, rehabilitate wildlife, and put the Gulf Coast on the path to restoration. We honor their service and sacrifices for our country.
“As we reflect on last year's tragedy, we are reminded as well of the importance of the work at hand. At the Department of the Interior, we remain focused on helping the Gulf Coast's natural resources recover and implementing needed reforms that are strengthening safety and environmental protections for offshore energy operations. As President Obama has made clear, this administration will not rest until all the oil is cleaned up and the Gulf Coast is fully restored.”