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.
Salazar Brothers to Highlight America's Great Outdoors Initiative, Economic Recovery Projects at Mesa Verde NP
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MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will hold a press conference April 25th to highlight the Obama Administration's America's Great Outdoors Initiative and $10.1 million in projects at Mesa Verde that are being undertaken as part of the President's economy recovery plan.
Launched by President Obama earlier this month, the America's Great Outdoors Initiative will promote and support innovative community-level efforts to conserve outdoor spaces and to reconnect Americans to the outdoors. Under the initiative, the Department of the Interior and other federal agencies are reaching out to communities across the country to hear good ideas about conservation and to learn about the efforts that ordinary Americans are making to conserve our land, water, and wildlife.
Recovery projects being undertaken at park include replacing aging waterlines and electrical systems, installing photovoltaic systems on historic buildings, and purchasing alternative energy transit buses.
Who: Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Congressman John Salazar
What: Press Conference
When: 10:30 a.m. MDT, April 25, 2010
Where: Site of the Future Mesa Verde National Park Visitor and Research Center, Mesa Verde, Co. The press conference will be held just to the south of the exit ramps on US-160 near the park entrance, across from the park sign.