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: Secretary Salazar to Hold Roundtable on Tourism and Recreation in Nashua, New Hampshire Tomorrow
Will Discuss New ‘Blueway' Designation for Connecticut River
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NASHUA, NH– On Thursday, May 24, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will hold a roundtable with outdoor business and conservation leaders to discuss the economic benefits of tourism and outdoor recreation to local economies. The dialogue, held at the Eastern Mountain Sports store, will focus on the importance of investing in rivers, parks, refuges, and other public lands to promote economic growth and create jobs.
Earlier Thursday in Hartford, CT, Salazar will sign a Secretarial Order establishing a National Blueways System and name the Connecticut River Watershed as the nation's first National Blueway. His visit to New England is part of this week's focus at Interior on rivers, under the umbrella of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative to establish a community-driven conservation and recreation agenda for the 21st century.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Donnalee Lozeau, Mayor of Nashua
Roundtable Discussion on Rivers, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation
Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 2:30 pm ET
Eastern Mountain Sports Store
266 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, NH 03060
All credentialed media are invited to cover the event.