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.
Secretary Salazar, CEQ Chair Sutley will Speak at Fort Ord Dedication Ceremony
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WASHINGTON -- On Saturday, May 19, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley will speak at the dedication ceremony for the recently established Fort Ord National Monument. Rep. Sam Farr, Garrison Commander Col. Joel J. Clark, Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes and Director of the Bureau of Land Management Bob Abbey will join them.
Participants and media should plan to arrive no later than 10 a.m. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley
Representative Sam Farr
Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes
Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey
Garrison Commander Col. Joel J. Clark
Dedication of the Fort Ord National Monument
Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Savings Time
Fort Ord National Monument lands near Monterey, Calif. From the corner of General Jim Moore Blvd and Gigling Rd., follow the BLM Special Event signs (about 12 minutes)
Credentialed news media representatives may cover this event. Please contact Erin Curtis, 916-350-0518, to RSVP and get further information.