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 Salazar to Speak at the Tamiami Trail Groundbreaking Ceremony
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On Friday, December 4, 2009- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar be the featured speaker at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Tamiami Trail Bridge Project adjacent to the Everglades National Park. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District is constructing the project that includes a one-mile bridge and other roadway modifications to allow increased water flows to Everglades National Park. This will mark a new beginning for the Park and a major milestone along the journey to restore America's Everglades.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Groundbreaking ceremony for the Tamiami Trail Bridge Project.
Friday, December 4
1:30 p.m. EDT
The S-334/356 structure on the Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) in Miami-Dade County.
Parking for media and guests is provided at a designated parking area a short distance from the groundbreaking site. This will provide adequate time for bus transportation to the site. An advantageous area at the site is set aside for the press. Interviews can be arranged following the ceremony. Members of the media are encouraged to be at the parking area by 12:45 p.m.