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.
Secretary Jewell, Director Ashe to Make Announcement at San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Visit Highlights Connecting Urban Communities and Youth in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation
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SAN DIEGO, CA – On Wednesday, August 13, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe and state and local officials to make an exciting announcement regarding the San Diego National Wildlife Complex in Southern California. The event will focus on reaching new audiences and engaging Southern California's urban communities and youth in conservation and outdoor recreation.
The San Diego Complex includes the San Diego Bay, San Diego, Seal Beach and Tijuana Slough NWRs, protecting over 16,000 acres of a rich diversity of native species and their habitats in the midst of a highly urbanized coastal environment.
Last October, the Department launched an ambitious youth initiative to inspire millions of veterans and young people to play, learn, serve and work outdoors. President Obama strongly supported the initiative by proposing $50.6 million for Interior youth programs in his 2015 budget.
WHO: Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dan Ashe, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Andrew Yuen, Project Leader, San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex Jim Janney, Imperial Beach Mayor Elected officials, local businesses and community groups
WHEN: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:45 a.m. PDT – Media Check-In 11:00 a.m. PDT – Event Begins
WHERE: San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge Habitat Heroes Outdoor Classroom 505 12th St. Imperial Beach, CA 91932
RSVP: Credentialed members of the media interested in covering the event are encouraged to RSVP HERE by August 12, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. PDT.