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.
TODAY: Secretary Jewell, Acting CEQ Chair Boots to Discuss Important Juncture for the Land and Water Conservation Fund
Will announce details of weeklong focus on program's investments in nation's shared outdoor heritage, economic growth
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Acting Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Mike Boots will hold a teleconference to announce details of a weeklong series of events that the Administration is hosting that demonstrate the power of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to support local conservation, outdoor recreation and clean water projects across the country.
President Obama has called for full, permanent funding in his proposed budget, recognizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund as one of the nation's most effective tools for protecting important water sources, expanding access for hunting and fishing, preserving historic battlefields, and creating ball-fields and other places for kids to play and learn.
Since its establishment in 1964, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has conserved land in every state and supported tens of thousands of state and local projects. The fund does not use taxpayer dollars; the primary source of income derives from fees paid by oil and gas companies drilling offshore in waters owned by the American people. The program has only been fully funded once in its 50-year history and is at risk of expiring without action from Congress.
The teleconference is open to credentialed media representatives by calling 1-800-857-9861 and using the passcode: INTERIOR.
WHO: Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Mike Boots, Acting Chair for the White House Council on Environmental Quality
WHAT: Press Call on the Land and Water Conservation Fund
WHEN: Monday, July 7, 2014, at 1:00 pm EDT
MEDIA: Credentialed members of the media can participate in the press teleconference by calling 1-800-857-9861 and using the passcode: INTERIOR.