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, Navajo President Shelly, Senators Bingaman and Udall to Break Ground Saturday on Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project
Historic Project Will Deliver Much-Needed Water and Jobs
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GALLUP, N.M. – On Saturday, June 2, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly will break ground on the long-awaited Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project in New Mexico. Eventually the project will provide a 280-mile-long pipeline, two water treatment plants and delivery systems that will bring water to more than 250,000 people and more than 43 Navajo chapters, portions of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, and the city of Gallup.
The initial stage of construction on the project that begins on Saturday will create upwards of 450 jobs, with more than 650 jobs at peak construction.
Secretary Salazar and President Shelly will be joined by a wide variety of other top tribal, state. Federal and local officials for the ceremony; a partial list follows.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly
Jicarilla Apache Nation President Levi Pesata
Navajo Nation Council Speaker Johnny Naize
Senator Jeff Bingaman
Senator Tom Udall
Mike Connor, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation
N.M. State Representative Patti Lundstrom
N.M. State Engineer Scott Verhines
City of Gallup Mayor Jackie McKinney
Program on construction site including plaque unveiling and ceremonial shovel-turning followed by lunch hosted by the Navajo Nation at the nearby Chee Dodge Elementary School
Saturday, June 2, 2012 @ 10:00 a.m. MDT.
Please allow time for media set-up, as the event will start promptly as scheduled due to tight schedules
10 miles north of Gallup, N.M. on Hwy 491 near the community of Twin Lakes