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 Office of Policy Analysis (PPA) helps coordinate Department-wide climate change adaptation activities, facilitating implementation of the Department's Climate Change Adaptation Policy, the Climate Resilience Goal under the Department's Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan and compliance with climate-related Executive Orders.
PPA developed the principles outlined in the Department's Climate Change Adaptation Policy and has worked collaboratively with the bureaus to incorporate the guidance into programs and operations. The full policy can be downloaded here.
PPA is also contributing to interagency efforts to provide scientific tools, information, and expertise to help people manage their climate-related risks and opportunities, and improve their resilience to extreme events. To learn more about these resources, visit the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit website.