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: White River to be Designated Nation's Second National Blueway
Officials to Unveil Series of New Initiatives to Support Existing Partnerships
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – On Wednesday, January 9, 2013, Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes will join Senator Mark Pryor, Congressman Tim Griffin, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Terrence “Rock” Salt, and Deputy Undersecretary of Agriculture Ann Mills, as well as other federal, state and local officials and conservation partners to announce that the White River, along with its watershed, has been designated the nation's second National Blueway.
As part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative to establish a community-driven conservation and recreation agenda for the 21st century, Wednesday's designation will recognize the innovative partnerships that are working to conserve the White River across its watershed from the Ozarks to the Mississippi. Federal leaders will also announce a series of new initiatives aimed at supporting the new National Blueway.
David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior
Senator Mark Pryor
Congressman Tim Griffin
Terrence “Rock” Salt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Civil Works
Ann Mills, USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources & Environment
Cynthia Dohner, Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Scott Simon, Director, Arkansas Office, The Nature Conservancy
Jim Stinson, Mayor, Clarendon, Arkansas
David Houghton, President, National Wildlife Refuge Association
Representatives of the states of Arkansas and Missouri
National Blueway Recognition Ceremony for the White River and Watershed