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, BUSINESS SERVICES, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE,
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON NATIONAL PARKS,
RECREATION AND PUBLIC LANDS,
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON RESOURCES,
CONCERNING H.R. 3967,
TO AMEND THE NATIONAL GREAT BLACK AMERICANS COMMEMORATION ACT OF 2004
TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS THROUGH 2015.
April 27, 2010
Mr. Chairman, thank you for the opportunity to appear before your committee to present the views of the Department of the Interior on H.R. 3967, a bill to amend the National Great Black Americans Commemoration Act of 2004 to authorize appropriations through fiscal year 2015.
H.R. 3967 does not appear to provide any role for the Department of the Interior with the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum nor are we aware of any connection this museum has with any national park programs. We therefore, defer to the Department of Justice for its position on this legislation.
H.R. 3967 would extend authorization of appropriations through fiscal year 2015. In 2004, Congress passed the National Great Black Americans Commemoration Act of 2004 (PL 108-238) authorizing the Department of Justice to provide grants to "carry out programs relating to civil rights and juvenile justice through the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum and Justice Learning Center" in Baltimore, Maryland, administered by a non-profit group, the Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Inc.
Mr. Chairman, thank you for the opportunity to comment. This concludes my prepared remarks and I will be happy to answer any questions you or other committee members might have.