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.
AMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS: Salazar, Durbin to Announce Conservation and Restoration Projects at Millennium Reserve
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CHICAGO, Ill. — On Thursday, August 16, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and local leaders in Chicago to announce new partnerships and commitments to the Millennium Reserve, as well as a suite of projects to implement President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative in the Calumet Region.
Later in the day, Secretary Salazar and Senator Durbin will travel to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to tour the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education.
Salazar is in Illinois as part of a four-state swing through the Midwest to highlight America's Great Outdoors initiatives that enhance conservation efforts, foster outdoor recreation opportunities, create jobs, and fuel local economies.
Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Dick Durbin, U.S. Senator
Cameron Davis, Senior Advisor to the U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson
Marc Miller, Director of Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Arnold Randall, General Superintendent of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County
Chicago Area Conservation Organizations
Press Conference to Announce Millennium Reserve Projects