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.
Trustees Open 30-Day Public Comment Period on Draft Assessment Plan for Natural Resource Injuries at Sauget Superfund Sites, St. Clair County, Illinois
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On June 18, 2013, the federal and State natural resource trustees opened a 30-day public comment period on the draft “Assessment Plan for the Natural Resource Damage Assessment of the Sauget Industrial Corridor Site, St. Clair County, Illinois.” This draft Assessment Plan describes the approach and activities the trustees propose undertaking as part of the natural resource damage assessment of hazardous substances releases at the Sauget Industrial Corridor sites, St. Clair County in southwestern Illinois.
The natural resource trustees in this case include:
State of Illinois, represented by Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency;
State of Missouri, represented by Missouri Department of Natural Resources; and,
U.S. Department of the Interior, represented by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Sauget Industrial Corridor encompasses an area of Mississippi River floodplain around the Villages of Sauget, Cahokia and East St. Louis in St. Clair County, Illinois. A variety of sites within the Corridor include industrial facilities, landfills, waste disposal areas, sludge lagoons and contaminated waterways.
Hazardous substances -- such as PCBs, dioxins, furans, cadmium, copper, lead, mercury and zinc -- have been released from these sites to groundwater, nearby wetlands and endangered species habitat. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed listing these sites on the National Priorities List as Sauget Area 1 and Sauget Area 2.
The trustees prepared a Preassessment Screen and Determination in 2009 that concluded a natural resource damage assessment was warranted at Sauget Industrial Corridor. As a next step, the trustees prepared this draft Assessment Plan which is intended to:
document the trustees’ basis for conducting a natural resource damage assessment;
organize the approach for quantifying natural resource injuries and calculating damages;
ensure that the NRDA will be completed at a reasonable cost relative to the magnitude of damages sought; and,
communicate assessment methodologies to the public to facilitate participation in the assessment process.
Written comments on the draft Assessment Plan must be received by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or Illinois Department of Natural Resources by Thursday, July 18, 2013.