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 Host Forum to Explore Ways Nation can Honor Contributions of the American Latino
Dialogue with Influential Members of the Latino Community is Part of Important Initiative to ‘Tell America's Story'
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KEENE, CA — On Thursday, June 16, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join a broad spectrum of influential business and cultural leaders, and scholars from the Latino community to discuss how the Department can better integrate and highlight past and ongoing contributions of Latino women and men into the National Park Service. By initiating the dialogue, the National Park Service can help tell the story of the American Latino in a more complete and inclusive way.
Hosted by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the “Telling America's Story: The American Latino Heritage Initiative La Paz Forum,” will be a day-long event at the National Chavez Center in Keene, California. The forum will feature speakers such as Moctesuma Esparza, founder of Maya Cinemas and Maya Entertainment, and Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. For a full agenda, please click here.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Jon Jarvis, Director, National Park Service
Julie Rodriguez, Director of Youth, Department of the Interior
Moctesuma Esparza, Founder of Maya Cinemas and Maya Entertainment
Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation
Telling America's Story: The American Latino Heritage Initiative La Paz Forum
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thursday, June 16th, 2011
9:10 a.m. Remarks by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
9:20 a.m. Remarks by Moctesuma Esparza
11:00 a.m. Media Availability with Secretary Salazar, Director Jarvis, Moctesuma Esparza, and Neil Mulholland