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 to Highlight Cultural and Historic Tourism in San Antonio
Will speak at US/ICOMOS Symposium; Visit San Antonio Missions
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Today and tomorrow, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will visit San Antonio to highlight the advancement of the San Antonio Franciscan Missions toward nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage List. During his visit, Secretary Salazar will discuss the importance of preserving the city's iconic cultural and historic sites to grow domestic and international travel and tourism and create jobs – part of part of Interior's ongoing efforts to capture and tell a more inclusive story of American history.
On Thursday, May 31, Secretary Salazar will deliver remarks to the 15th annual international symposium of the U.S. National Committee for ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites), celebrating the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention.
On Friday, June 1, Secretary Salazar will hold a press conference at Mission Concepción to discuss the San Antonio Franciscan Missions and the progress underway toward nomination to the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage List.
Under the Convention, the Secretary of the Interior is charged with identifying and nominating worthy U.S. sites that display superlative cultural and/or natural attributes for designation. The San Antonio Franciscan Missions, currently on the Tentative List of Potential Future Nominations, includes four missions (San Antonio Missions National Historical Park) and the Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero).
The visit is part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative to establish a conservation ethic for the 21st Century and to reconnect Americans to our nation's natural, cultural, and historic heritage. The Obama administration is committed to recognizing and preserving important chapters in the nation's story that have not yet been fully told, such as the contributions of Latinos to the building of America.
The visit also builds on the Obama administration's recently-announced National Tourism and Travel Strategy, which delivered on President Obama's call in January for a national strategy to promote domestic and international travel opportunities throughout the United States.
THURSDAY: ICOMOS OPENING NIGHT DINNER
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Remarks to the U.S. National Committee for ICOMOS
Thursday, May 31, 2012 @ 7:30 p.m. CDT
Mission San Jose
1601 San Jose Drive
San Antonio, TX 78214
Credentialed members of the media are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Eric Foultz at (210) 325-1025 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FRIDAY: PRESS CONFERENCE
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Gustavo Araoz, President, ICOMOS
Henry Muñoz, Board Member, National Park Foundation
Rachel Jacobson, DOI Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks
John Lujan, Superintendent, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
Friday, June 1, 2012 @ 10 a.m. CDT
807 Mission Road
San Antonio, TX 78210
Credentialed members of the media are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Al Remley at (210) 304-0431 or email@example.com