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 Mark Major Milestone in Restoration of Maine's Penobscot River
Will also visit L.L. Bean Flagship store to make announcement on outdoor education funding with National Park Foundation
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On Monday, June 11, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will participate in a ceremony to begin removal of the Great Works Dam on the Penobscot River in Maine – a major step toward enabling the river to flow freely from Old Town to the Gulf of Maine for the first time in generations.
The Penobscot River Restoration Project is a landscape-level conservation effort that will return endangered Atlantic salmon to their historic spawning ground, support hydropower production, and restore a Tribal Nation's connection to their cultural heritage. The project is one of 50 river projects from across the nation highlighted by Salazar as a model for community-driven river restoration.
In the afternoon, Salazar will hold a press conference at the L.L. Bean Flagship Store in Freeport, Maine. Along with the National Park Foundation, the official non-profit of America's national parks, and L.L. Bean, Salazar will provide an update on the year-long Million Moment Mission. A celebration of the company's 100-year anniversary, L.L. Bean has committed $1 million to the National Park Foundation's “America's Best Idea” program in support of efforts to increase children's opportunities to spend time outdoors.
EVENT #1: PENOBSCOT RIVER RESTORATION
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior Eric Schwaab, Acting Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Management / Acting Deputy Administrator, NOAA Pat Keiher, Commissioner, Maine Department of Marine Resources Chief Kirk Francis, Penobscot Indian Nation
Commemoration Ceremony for the removal of the Great Works Dam, including removal of a portion of the dam