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.
DOJ Announces 30-Day Public Comment Period for Consent Decree Settling Natural Resource Damage Claims at Blackburn & Union Privileges Superfund Site in Massachusetts
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Sediments in Lewis Pond in Walpole, Massachusetts were contaminated with chromium, lead, nickel and asbestos fibers, degrading the habitat for resident fish and migratory birds such as great blue herons and dabbling ducks. Photo credit: Molly Sperduto, FWS.
On September 12, 2011 the U.S. Department of Justice announced the lodging of a proposed Consent Decree to settle claims for natural resource damages against four settling parties at the Blackburn and Union Privileges Superfund site in Walpole, Massachusetts. This site, along the Neponset River, was contaminated by chromium, arsenic, mercury, asbestos and other hazardous substances from industrial production activities dating back to the 17th century. The natural resource trustees involved at this site include the U.S. Department of the Interior, acting through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Under the proposed Consent Decree, the settling parties will pay $1,000,000 for natural resource restoration projects to be implemented by the natural resource trustees and $94,169.56 for costs incurred by the trustees in assessing the damages.
The Department of Justice is accepting written comments on this proposed settlement for the next 30 days.