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 Jewell Announces $8.7 Million for Conservation, Wildfire Prevention and Recreation Projects in Nevada
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WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that the Department will commit more than $8.7 million for a variety of projects throughout Nevada, including recreational improvement, wildlife habitat conservation and environmental restoration, and hazardous fuels reduction and wildfire prevention.
The funding is part of the latest round under the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act, legislation passed in 1998 that allows proceeds from sales of public land in Clark County, Nevada to fund a range of conservation, capital improvement and public improvement projects throughout the state.
“Today's announcement is the latest chapter in a successful collaboration that is conserving Nevada's natural beauty and unique landscapes and ensuring public lands will continue to enhance and support statewide growth and development,” Secretary Jewell said. “These funds will not only help restore and enhance these special areas for future generations, but also provide communities with greater wildfire protection, and generate jobs and vital resources for hard hit communities.”
The funding announced today includes more than $7.2 million for projects in the following categories:
Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Wildfire Prevention - $1,646,902
Parks, Trails & Natural Areas - $1,383,805
Capital Improvements - $475,916
Conservation Initiatives - $1,608,376
Environmentally Sensitive Land Acquisitions - $381,350
The Round 14 package also includes $1.5 million in a special account reserve for emergency or unexpected project expenditures.
Interior has shared more than $2.7 billion with Nevada from the sale of public lands in the Las Vegas Valley over the last 15 years. The Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act allows the Bureau of Land Management to sell public land within a specific boundary around Las Vegas, Nevada. The revenue derived from land sales is split between the State of Nevada General Education Fund (5%), the Southern Nevada Water Authority (10%), and a special account available to the Secretary of the Interior for restoration, conservation, recreation and capital improvement projects.