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.
Nebraska, Washington, Wisconsin, Office of the Secretary, Press Release
As momentum continues with the success of Interior’s Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations, Deputy Secretary Michael L. Connor announced today that the Department has signed agreements with three additional tribes.
Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Idaho, Media Advisory
Secretary Jewell will make an important funding announcement to increase wildfire resilience and receive briefings on the 2016 fire season outlook at the National Interagency Fire Center and an update on implementation of her Secretarial Order 3336, Rangeland Fire Prevention, Management, and Restoration.
Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, Press Release
If the fire season is as costly as recent years, federal agencies will be forced to take funding out of other critical programs that increase the long-term resilience of public lands and National Forests to wildfire.
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education, Office of the Secretary, Cobell / Land buyback, Press Release
The Land Buy-Back Program implements the land consolidation component of the Cobell Settlement, which provided $1.9 billion to purchase fractional interests in trust or restricted land from willing sellers at fair market value within 10 years.
National Park Service, District of Columbia, Office of the Secretary, America's Great Outdoors, Media Advisory
This naturalization ceremony is one of 100 scheduled to take place in national parks nationwide this year to commemorate the National Park Service Centennial, celebrating the 100-year milestone of America’s national parks and focusing on connecting with and creating the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates.
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education, Minnesota, Office of the Secretary, Media Advisory
Secretary Jewell will be the first Secretary of the Interior to speak at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, a school that represents a model that is a first of its kind – marrying a tribal college with a state community college – creating more robust curriculum and integrating a diverse community of students from across the nation.
National Park Service, New York, Office of the Secretary, Diversity, Press Release
The Stonewall Inn, across from Christopher Park, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in June 1999 and subsequently designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2000, recognizing the significance of the events that took place in the late 1960s.