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.
TOMORROW: Secretary Salazar, Governor O'Malley, Administration Officials to Hold Media Availability on America's Great Outdoors Chesapeake Bay Region Listening Session
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Tomorrow, June 25, 2010, – Secretary Salazar, Governor O'Malley, Senator Cardin, USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment Harris Sherman, and EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe will hold a media availability to discuss the upcoming public listening and discussion session in the Chesapeake Bay Region as part of the America's Great Outdoors Initiative. The Chesapeake Region public listening and discussion session is scheduled for Friday, June 25, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
WHO: Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland
Benjamin Cardin, Senator
Harris Sherman, Undersecretary for Natural Resources and the Environment, USDA
Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, US EPA
WHAT: Media availability to discuss upcoming listening and discussion session in the Chesapeake Bay region
WHEN: TOMORROW, 12:30 p.m. EDT, Friday, June 25th, 2010