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 Talk Travel and Tourism at Mesa Verde National Park
Will host stakeholder meeting and tour construction of the Mesa Verde National Park Research & Visitor Center
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CORTEZ, Colo. – On Saturday, September 22, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will travel to Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado where he will meet with local stakeholders to discuss how travel, tourism and outdoor recreation can serve as economic engines for local communities. Following the meeting, Salazar will tour construction underway for the park's new research and visitor center, to be completed by the end of December.
In 2010, Mesa Verde National Park hosted more than 560,000 visitors who spent $41 million and supported 560 jobs in the local economy.
Salazar is co-chair of President Obama's Travel and Tourism Task Force, working to expand travel to and within the U.S. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the travel and tourism industry is on pace for record exports in 2012. International visitors spent an estimated $13.7 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States during the month of July alone--$350 million (3 percent) more than was spent in July 2011.
The park's new visitor center will house Mesa Verde's three million artifacts and world-class archives. The facility will also feature a bookstore, visitor information desk, exhibits and trip planning materials.
Following the Mesa Verde visit, Salazar will meet with the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe to discuss Interior's ongoing commitment to empowering Indian nations.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Mesa Verde National Park Visitor Center Tour & Stakeholder Meeting