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: Secretary Salazar, Governor Dayton to Tour Mississippi National River, Meet With Stakeholders
Will also hold town hall at University of Minnesota to wrap-up four-state Midwest Swing on conservation, outdoor recreation
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ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Friday, August 17, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton on a boat tour of the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area. Following the tour, Salazar will hold a media availability and meet with America's Great Outdoors stakeholders to discuss the Obama administration's commitment to promoting community-based recreation and conservation while advancing job and volunteer opportunities.
Media is invited to participate in the boat tour with Salazar and Dayton. Space is limited, so RSVP's are required no later than 4:30 p.m. CDT.
At 11 a.m. CDT, Salazar will host a town hall at the University of Minnesota, where he will discuss the potential impacts of unbalanced cuts to conservation, tourism, and the outdoor economy.
Salazar's visit to Minnesota will conclude a four-state tour this week to highlight America's Great Outdoors initiatives that enhance conservation efforts, foster outdoor recreation opportunities, create jobs, and fuel local economies.
EVENT #1—Mississippi National River and Recreation Area AGO Project Boat Tour & Media Availability
Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Mark Dayton, Governor of Minnesota Tom Landwehr, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Boat Tour of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and Media Availability
Friday, August 17, 2012 8:00 a.m. CDT – boat tour 9:15 a.m. CDT – media availability
St. Paul Yacht Club 375 Water Street West Saint Paul, MN
Credentialed media interested in attending the boat tour must RSVP to Queen Muse (email@example.com) no later than 4:30 p.m. CDT on August 16 in order to secure space on the boat.
EVENT #2—AGO / Conservation Town Hall
Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
America's Great Outdoors Town Hall
Friday, August 17, 2012 11:00 a.m. CDT
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Humphrey School of Public Affairs Cowles Auditorium 301 19th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN