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.
Historic Klamath Basin Water Agreement to be Signed at Friday Event
Last edited 4/27/2016
SALEM, OR – Governor John Kitzhaber, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, Undersecretary of the Department of Commerce Kathryn Sullivan, California Resources Secretary John Laird, Klamath Tribal Chair Don Gentry, and members of the Klamath Basin Task Force will gather on Friday, April 18, for the official signing of the historic Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement.
Members of the Klamath Tribes and Upper Basin water users have come together and developed solutions to water issues affecting the region. The Upper Basin Agreement represents an historic milestone for one of the most complex and contentious natural water wars in the West.
Friday's event will celebrate the leadership, good faith, and hard work that made the Agreement possible while highlighting the economic and environmental benefits for the Klamath region.
Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior John Kitzhaber, Governor of Oregon Ron Wyden, U.S. Senator from Oregon Jeff Merkley, U.S. Senator from Oregon Kathryn Sullivan, Undersecretary of the Department of Commerce John Laird, California Resources Secretary Don Gentry, Tribal Chair
Members of the Klamath Basin Task Force
Klamath Basin Water Agreement Signing Ceremony
Collier State Park, 46000 US Highway 97
Approximately 4 miles north of Chiloquin, Oregon, and 30 miles north of Klamath Falls
Friday, April 18
9:00 - 9:20 AM Check In
9:20 - 11:00 AM Ceremony
Please RSVP here by 3:00 PM Pacific time, Thursday, April 17