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, 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, 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.
Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, California, Office of the Secretary, Press Release
The three designations connect Mojave National Preserve, Joshua Tree National Park, San Bernardino National Forest, and fifteen wilderness areas previously designated by Congress, creating a series of protected lands stretching hundreds of miles.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wisconsin, Office of the Secretary, America's Great Outdoors, Press Release
Deputy Secretary of the Interior Mike Connor made a special visit to Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin today to learn more about the importance of the federally protected Horicon Marsh and the neighboring state lands and waters.
Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alabama, Press Release
The 21CSC is part of an ambitious youth initiative to inspire millions of young adults and veterans to play, learn, serve and work in the great outdoors. This year’s funding announcement includes projects in 20 states.
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Montana, Office of the Secretary, Cobell / Land buyback, Press Release
The Buy-Back Program serves as 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.
Office of the Secretary, Alaska Energy, Climate Change, Conservation, Press Release
Secretary Jewell discussed potential strategies to address the impacts of climate change, conservation and wildlife management, investing in indigenous knowledge, and working together toward a sustainable, responsible energy future.
Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of the Secretary, Press Release
Share the Experience gives amateur photographers the chance to showcase their skills by capturing the beauty of the nation’s public lands and waters. The top-prize photograph, made by Yang Lu of El Segundo, Calif., captures a dramatic sunrise at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Utah.
National Park Service, Florida, Office of the Secretary, Climate Change, Press Release
As part of Earth Day celebrations, Secretary Jewell today announced the next phase of bridging to the Tamiami Trail, an ongoing project which provides ecological restoration benefits to Everglades National Park and the central Everglades in Florida.
Bureau of Indian Affairs, California, Idaho, South Dakota, Press Release
The Department has thus far entered into agreements with 31 tribal nations to cooperatively carry out the Buy-Back Program. Each agreement is unique in time, scope and responsibilities, based on the expressed interests of the tribe.
Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arkansas, Press Release
The grants have been approved by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission which provides the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners the ability to purchase, lease or otherwise conserve more than 275,000 acres of wetland and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds across North America.
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today laid out a vision for actions the nation can take to build upon America’s rich conservation legacy and pass on healthy public lands and waters to the next generation.