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.
Reclamation -- Meeting water and power needs of the West's growing population
Reclamation, whose mission is to manage water and power in the Western United States, undertakes research and development to help ensure that these water and power needs are met effectively while protecting the environment and the public's investment in the water infrastructure it has constructed and operates. Such activities, often in cooperation with the private sector, universities, and other governmental and non-governmental agencies, include research and development for technologies used in desalination or water purification, hydroelectric power generation, water infrastructure, and water conservation. Because water, a critical resource for human societies, is frequently not available in sufficient quantity or quality to satisfy its various demands, this research has broader applicability to society's needs.