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.
AMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS: Interior, Agriculture, Army Corps to Make Connecticut River National Blueway Announcement
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HARTFORD, CT – On Saturday, September 29, 2012, Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes will join federal, state and local officials to announce a major collaboration between the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to support the 7.2 million acre Connecticut River and Watershed National Blueway.
The announcement comes on National Public Lands Day, the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States. Prior to the announcement, local residents will participate in the Connecticut River Watershed Council's 16th annual “Source to Sea” cleanup of the rivers, streams and banks along the Connecticut River system.
David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior
Terrence “Rock” Salt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Civil Works
Wendi Weber, Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Christine Clarke, State Conservationist, NRCS – MA
Thomas Wagner, Forest Supervisor, White Mountain National Forest
Andrew Fisk, Executive Director, Connecticut River Watershed Council
Daniel Esty, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection