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.
Deputy Secretary Hayes, Director Jarvis to Announce Significant Donation and Plans for Washington Monument Restoration
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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Tomorrow, Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis will announce a generous donation that will partially fund the restoration of the Washington Monument from the damage caused by the August 23, 2011 earthquake. Hayes and Jarvis will be joined by the philanthropist, President of the Trust for the National Mall Caroline Cunningham, National Park Foundation President Neil Mulholland, and Superintendent of the National Mall and Memorials Parks Bob Vogel who will also discuss future restoration plans for the Monument.
David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior
Jonathan B. Jarvis, National Park Service Director
Caroline Cunningham, President, Trust for the National Mall
Neil Mulholland, President, National Park Foundation
Bob Vogel, Superintendent, National Mall and Memorial Parks
Washington Monument Donation and Restoration Announcement
Thursday, January 19, 2012
National Mall on panel between 14th and 15th Streets and Jefferson and Madison
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