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 Conservation Success Story at Georgia's Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
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TOWNSEND, GA -- On Thursday, June 26, 2014, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will visit the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge to announce an important milestone in the ongoing recovery efforts for the wood stork, which is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
At the time of the wood stork's endangered listing in 1984, its population was dropping 5 percent a year and it was determined to be at risk of extinction by the year 2000. Over the past 30 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along with state and local partners, have undertaken unprecedented efforts to recover the species and rebuild vital wetland habitat throughout the southeastern United States.
WHO: Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Mark Whitney, Assistant Director, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division Billy Brooks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Coordinator for the Wood Stork
WHAT: Announcement Regarding the Ongoing Recovery of the Wood Stork