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.
Department of the Interior, National League of Cities and YMCA of the USA to Announce New Partnership to Connect Young People to the Outdoors
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ST PAUL, MN – On April 28, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join Saint Paul Mayor and President of the League of Cities Chris Coleman, Salt Lake City Mayor and First Vice President of the League of Cities Ralph Becker, and YMCA of the USA President and CEO Neil Nicoll to announce a new partnership to inspire millions of young adults and veterans to play, learn, serve and work in the great outdoors.
The press announcement is a follow-up to a Secretarial Order issued by Jewell on March 30, 2014 to significantly expand recreational, educational, volunteer and career opportunities for millions of youth and veterans on the nation's public lands, including partnerships with businesses and youth organizations to support the Obama Administration's 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC). To learn more about the Interior Department's youth initiative, click here.
Following the announcement, Secretary Jewell will join YMCA youth and local officials for a tree planting service project near Kelly's Landing.
WHO: Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Chris Coleman, Mayor of Saint Paul, and President of the League of Cities Ralph Becker, Mayor of Salt Lake City, and First Vice President of the League of Cities Neil Nicoll, President, and CEO, YMCA of the USA Paul Labovitz, Superintendent, Mississippi National River & Recreation Area, National Park Service Alyson Mohan-Lucas, Program Executive, YMCA Twin Cities
Local officials and stakeholders
Youth Partnership Press Announcement
Harriet Island Pavilion
St. Paul, MN
Monday, April 28, 2014
9:45 a.m. CDT – Media Check-in
10:00 a.m. CDT – Announcement
10:30 a.m. CDT – Brief Media Availability
10:45 a.m. CDT – Service Project (b-roll opportunity)
Members of the media are encouraged to RSVP here no later than 9:00 a.m. CDT on Monday, April 28, 2014. Additional logistical information will be provided to confirmed reporters.