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.
This summer a land protection celebration hosted by Buzzards Bay Coalition in Fairhaven, Massachusetts brought together federal, state, and local government to celebrate a partnership that has protected more than 400 acres of beaches, salt marshes, forests, fields, and coastal farmland. The parcel will connect to Nasketucket Bay State Reservation and provide additional public shoreline access.
On May 15, 2015 Mark Huston, Deputy Director, Office of Restoration and Damage Assessment, Office of the Secretary served as a guest speaker as part of School Without Walls Industry Workshop Series. Mr. Huston presented on his college experience, career field, and career path. Twelfth grade students enrolled in an internship course attended the session. LaToya Grant is the school’s Industry Workshop Series and Internship coordinator.
On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon Macondo oil well drilling platform started the largest offshore marine oil spill in U.S. history, releasing millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, over a period of eighty-seven days.
The O'Shaughnessy Seawall at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California is getting a face-lift after nearly a century of holding back the sand and sea at Ocean Beach. Funding for this project comes from the 2007 Cosco Busan settlement.
On March 27, 2015, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, Kristen Sarri, visited Overland Pond Park in southwest Denver to promote DOI's 50 Cities Initiative.
2014 was another big year for restoration projects funded through the Cosco Busan oil spill settlement. Over $15 million, allocated to over 50 projects, was at work enhancing and restoring beaches and habitat around the Bay Area.
On January 23, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice approved the "Settlement Agreement among the United States Department of the Interior, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; Honeywell International Inc.; and Amphenol Corporation."
On December 6, 2013, the federal and State natural trustees opened a 60-Day public comment period for the Draft Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Draft Early Restoration Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement.
On November 21, U.S. Department of Justice opened a 30-day public comment period on a proposed settlement for natural resource damages arising from a November 2011 release of oil from Suncor Energy facility near Commerce City, Colorado.
On October 31, 2013, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the final Restoration Plan for natural resources injured by hazardous substances releases from two Superfund sites along Quinnipiac River in Southington, Hartford County, central Connecticut.
On October 2, the federal and State natural resource trustees settled natural resource damage claims arising from hazardous substances releases from the Ciba-Geigy Corp. NPL site in McIntosh, Washington County, southwestern Alabama.