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.
Assistant Director for Mineral, Realty & Resource Protection
Bureau of Land Management
Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee
Subcommittee on Public Lands & Forests
S. 1740, North Dakota Enabling Act and First Morrill Act Amendments Act
September 20, 2007
Mr. Chairman and members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify on S. 1740, the North Dakota Enabling Act and First Morrill Act Amendments Act of 2007.
S. 1740 would amend the Act of February 22, 1889 and the Act of July 2, 1862 to provide for changes to the management and distribution of North Dakota trust funds into which proceeds from the sale of public land are deposited. It also includes language providing for Congress' consent to amendments to the Constitution of North Dakota proposed by House Concurrent Resolution No. 3037 of the 59th Legislature of the State of North Dakota and approved by the voters on November 7, 2006. This resolution requires permanent trust funds to be managed to preserve their purchasing power, to provide stable distributions to fund beneficiaries and to benefit fund beneficiaries.
The Office of Legal Counsel of the Department of Justice has advised us that Congress may amend State enabling acts. As S. 1740 relates to North Dakota's use of its trust funds, the Administration has no comments on or objections to the bill.