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 Join Birmingham Mayor William Bell, Sr. to Celebrate Land and Water Conservation Fund
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BIRMINGHAM, AL – On Wednesday, July 9, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join Birmingham Mayor William Bell, Sr., a member of the bipartisan coalition Mayors for Parks, to discuss the Land and Water Conservation Fund's impacts on cities like Birmingham in creating parks, playgrounds, trails and opportunities for anglers and sportsmen.
The visit is part of a series of events the Administration is holding across the country this week – from Alabama to Alaska – joining with local elected officials and stakeholders to underscore the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to support communities' conservation, outdoor recreation and clean water projects.
This morning, Secretary Jewell announced $43.38 million will be distributed from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to all 50 States, the Territories, and the District of Columbia for state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects. Alabama is set to receive $683,000 in Fiscal Year 2014; over the past 50 years, Alabama has leveraged over $66 million through Land and Water Conservation Fund on close-to-home recreation projects.
Over its 50 year history, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has played a vital role in boosting local economies in every state, but it is set to expire without action from Congress. President Obama has proposed to enact full, permanent funding as part of his 2015 budget request.
WHO: Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior William Bell, Sr., Mayor of Birmingham, AL
WHAT: To Highlight the Importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to America's Hunting, Fishing and Boating Heritage
WHEN: Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at 11:30 am CDT
WHERE: East Lake Park 116 84th Street Birmingham, AL 35206
RSVP: Credentialed members of the media interested in covering the announcement / event are encouraged to RSVP HERE by July 8, 2014, at 6:00 pm EDT.