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, Sutley to Visit Santa Monica Mountains to Kick-Off Campaign to Hire 12,000 Young People for Summer Work on Public Lands
Will Announce $3.7 Million in Competitive Grants During Visit
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SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, California – On Friday, May 18 - in response to President Obama's call to expand opportunities for summer employment for young people – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Chair of the White House Council of Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley will join members of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps and the California Conservation Corps to kick-off summer work opportunities for more than 12,000 young people in national parks, wildlife refuges, and other public lands managed by the Department of the Interior (DOI).
During the visit, Salazar and Sutley will visit with youth corps members to discuss their work in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. They will then announce 20 youth conservation corps projects across the country that have been awarded funding through an innovative public-private partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Since Secretary Salazar established youth employment as a high priority performance goal, the Department of the Interior has employed 35% more young people each year since Fiscal Year 2009. Overall in FY 2012, Interior expects to employ more than 21,000 young people between the ages of 15 and 25.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Nancy Sutley, Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality
Kick-Off to Summer Jobs Campaign on Public Lands
Friday, May 18, 2012, 12:30 PM PDT
Solstice Canyon, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
3455 Solstice Canyon Drive, Malibu, CA, near Corral Canyon Road
All credentialed media are invited to cover the announcement.