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.
Secretaries Vilsack and Salazar to Hold Media Conference Call on New Wildlife Conservation Initiative
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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Tomorrow, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will host a media conference call to announce new funding and spotlight the working lands wildlife conservation efforts taking root across the country.
As part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative, the administration is partnering with federal, state and local wildlife experts to jointly identify at-risk species that would benefit from targeted investments of habitat restoration on private lands.
Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture
Ken Salazar, Secretary of Interior
Media conference call on the Obama Administration's wildlife
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Audio Bridge Number: 800-857-5233
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Trouble number – 202-720-8560
All callers using the above pass code will be placed in listen only mode. To join the Q&A portion of the meeting, these callers are instructed to press *1 on their touch tone phone.
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