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 Congressman Pastor, Mayor Stanton to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Land and Water Conservation Fund
Visit to Phoenix will highlight innovative program's role in strengthening local economies and establishing urban parks and outdoor recreation areas
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PHOENIX, AZ – On Saturday, August 9, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join U.S. Congressman Ed Pastor, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, a member of the bipartisan coalition Mayors for Parks, and state and local officials at South Mountain Park to highlight the positive economic impacts and conservation successes of the Land and Water Conservation Fund for urban parks, outdoor recreation and healthy economies in communities across the country.
Over the past 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has served as one of the most effective tools for conservation, outdoor recreation and economic growth in local communities; however, it is set to expire next year without action from Congress. The program has re-invested a small portion of revenues from offshore oil and gas development into projects in all 50 states and U.S. territories, creating community parks and trails and protecting clean water sources.
South Mountain Park is the largest municipal park in the United States and is also a model urban park, providing recreational opportunities for the 1.5 million residents of Phoenix. South Mountain was one of the first projects in Arizona to receive funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund when it was supported with a grant in 1966. The Secretary and Mayor will also tour Encanto Park in the morning.
The Arizona visit is the last stop in a series of events Jewell is holding across the country this week with local elected officials and stakeholders to support President Obama's budget proposal to fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
WHO: Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ed Pastor, U.S. Representative for Arizona Greg Stanton, Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, and Member of the Mayors for Parks Coalition Local Stakeholders and Community Partners
WHAT: Event to Highlight Land and Water Conservation Fund's Contributions to Urban Parks, Outdoor Recreation and Healthy Economies
WHEN: Saturday, August 9, 2014 9:45 am MST – Media check-in 10:00 am MST – Press conference followed by brief media availability
WHERE: South Mountain Park Visitor Center 10919 S. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85042
RSVP: Credentialed members of the media interested in covering the event are encouraged to RSVP HERE by August 8, 2014, at 6:00 pm MST.