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 to Dedicate National Conservation Areas in Southern Utah
Celebration will help Kick-Off National Tourism Week
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On Monday, May 7, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey will host a dedication ceremony for the Red Cliffs and Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Areas – welcoming members of the public as well as state, local and tribal officials to highlight the economic benefits of outdoor recreation and locally-supported conservation initiatives for communities in southern Utah.
The new national conservation areas, which were designated by Congress in 2009, are part of BLM's National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS), which contains approximately 27 million acres of the West's most spectacular landscapes. The ceremony program will also feature a performance by the Shivwitz Band of Paiute youth dancers and a blessing from an Elder from the Shivwitz Band of Paiute.
The event is free and will be open to the public. The ceremony will take place at the Tuacahn Amphitheater in Ivins, Utah, with the stunning Red Mountain Wilderness as a backdrop.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
BLM Director Bob Abbey
State, Local and Tribal Officials
Dedication ceremony for Red Cliffs and Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Areas as part of the NLCS