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 to Announce Coastal Resilience Grants for Local Communities to Protect Atlantic Coast Residents from Future Storms
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Queens, N.Y. – On Monday, June 16, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will announce more than $100 million in competitive matching grants under the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resilience Grant Program, helping to deliver on the President's Climate Action Plan to provide better protection for Atlantic coast communities from future major storms.
Unveiled last October, the investments will support local efforts to stabilize beaches, restore wetlands, improve the hydrology of coastal areas, improve infrastructure and assist local planning for storms. Projects under the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resilience Competitive Grant Program will also provide an economic boost, creating hundreds of jobs in local communities. Many of the projects will place special emphasis on engaging and employing youth and veterans.
The teleconference is open to credentialed media representatives by calling 1-888-603-8919 and entering passcode: INTERIOR.
WHO: Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Michael Campbell, Board of Directors, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Tim Dillingham, Executive Director of the American Littoral Society
WHAT: Conference Call to Announce Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resilience Grants
WHEN: Monday, June 16, 2014 11:30 am EDT
MEDIA: Credentialed members of the media can participate in the press teleconference by calling 1-888-603-8919 and entering passcode: INTERIOR
RSVP: Credentialed members of the media interested in covering the event are encouraged to RSVP HERE by June 15, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. EDT