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.
Float the Chattahoochee with Department of the Interior and National Park Service Officials this Wednesday
Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Rachel Jacobson to Join Park Staff and Reporters for River Float
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SANDY SPRINGS, GA—On Wednesday, August 29, 2012, Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Rachel Jacobson will visit the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area to meet with park managers and local officials from the Atlanta Metropolitan Area to discuss how the park's recent designation as a National Water Trail will boost tourism and fuel the local economy.
Following the morning meeting, Jacobson and park managers will paddle down the most popular section of the 48-mile National Recreation Area, from Powers Island to Paces Mill.
Members of the media are invited to join Jacobson and park managers for the float, which will be followed by a brief media availability. The float will offer a unique, first-person perspective to develop an in-depth story on the new National Water Trail System and its potential impact on recreation and tourism.
Rafts and equipment for the media will be provided.
Rachel Jacobson, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wild Wildlife and Parks
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Managers