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, Governor Hickenlooper to Announce Next Steps in Fulfilling Vision for America's Next Great Urban Park
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DENVER, CO—On Friday, May 4, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will announce the next steps in implementing conservation and recreation projects throughout the Denver metropolitan area and along the South Platte River, including the Rocky Mountain Greenway Project.
Last May, Gov. Hickenlooper and Sec. Salazar announced three conservation initiatives in Colorado as part of the America's Great Outdoors Initiative, a nationwide effort to encourage and support community-driven conservation and recreation projects around the country. On Friday, they will host a meeting with elected officials, local and regional planners, and other open space leaders throughout the metropolitan area to discuss the initiatives' ongoing progress.
The Rocky Mountain Greenway Project focuses on a federal, state, local and stakeholder partnership to enhance the Denver metropolitan area parks, open spaces, river corridors and trails—creating an uninterrupted trails/transportation link connecting the Denver metro area's trail systems, the three National Wildlife Refuges in the metro region, Rocky Mountain National Park, and community trails systems in between.
Sec. Salazar and Gov. Hickenlooper will also be joined by Senator Mark Udall, Congressman Ed Perlmutter and Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock to unveil a Colorado Department of Transportation directional sign for the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. A former chemical weapons manufacturing facility, the site has since been transformed into an urban gateway and sanctuary for residents, visitors and wildlife. The sign is part of an effort to increase the refuge's visibility and encourage more visitors.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado
Michael B. Hancock, Mayor of Denver
Mark Udall, U.S. Senator
Ed Perlmutter, U.S. Representative
Press Conference on Colorado's Great Outdoors
11:30 a.m. MDT
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center