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, UFW President Rodriguez and the Chávez Family to Celebrate César Chávez's Legacy at Dedication of Delano's ‘Forty Acres'
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DELANO, CA— On Monday, February 21st, 2011, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez and Paul Chávez, César Chávez's son and president of the César Chávez Foundation, will celebrate the life and legacy of the legendary farm labor and civil rights leader at the long-awaited “Forty Acres” plaque dedication ceremony.
Designated as a National Historic Landmark in October 2008, the site serves as an example of the historical and cultural preservation called for in the America's Great Outdoors Initiative. The 40-acre plot west of Delano is where many of the most momentous and historical events of the 1960s farm worker movement took place. Members of the media are invited to attend a brief walking tour of the site prior to the ceremony.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Arturo S. Rodriguez, United Farm Workers President