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.
The Department is also committed to conserving water, a precious resource, especially in the Western States where many of the bureaus' facilities are located. The goal set by Executive Order 13693 is to reduce potable water consumption intensity, measured in gallons per gross square foot of building space, by 2 percent annually at Federal facilities relative to the FY 2007 baseline in accordance with the following table:
Bureaus are encouraged to implement the Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Water Efficiency Best Management Practices, as appropriate, to meet the water consumption intensity goal. Also, where applicable, bureaus and offices are encouraged to specify and purchase WaterSense labeled products and other water efficient products and choose irrigation contractors who are certified through a WaterSense labeled program.