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 Make Major Conservation Announcement for Colorado
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FORT GARLAND, CO – On Friday, June 15, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will make a major conservation announcement for Colorado and the nation. Following the event at the Fort Garland Museum, Secretary Salazar will lead a press conference call to discuss the announcement.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior Louis Bacon, Noted Conservationist David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Dan Ashe, Director, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Crestina Martinez, Commissioner, Costilla County
Conservation Announcement for Colorado
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 11 AM MDT
Fort Garland Museum
29477 Highway 159
Fort Garland, CO 81133
Note: ¼ mile south from the intersection of Highway 160 and Highway 159