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.
Sec. Jewell, Sec. Donovan, Mayor Bloomberg, Director Jarvis to Announce Establishment of Science & Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay
Underscores Administration's Commitment to Help Communities Prepare for Effects of Climate Change; Builds on National Park Service, City of New York Agreement
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, August 12, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Secretary for Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis will be at Gateway National Recreation Area to announce the establishment of a new Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay.
The Institute, stemming from a cooperative agreement between the National Park Service and the City of New York, will serve as a top-tier research center to promote the understanding of resilience in the urban ecosystem and adjacent communities.
Sec. Jewell and Sec. Donovan, Chair of the President's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, will also make an announcement regarding efforts to assist communities in building coastal resilience.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
Shaun Donovan, Secretary for Housing and Urban Development
Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City
Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director, National Park Service
Announcement regarding Jamaica Bay Science and Resilience Institute
Riis Landing at Jamaica Bay Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area
Intersection of State Rd. & Heinzelman Rd., West Side of Marine Pkwy Bridge
Rockaway, Queens, NY
Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 11:00 a.m. Media encouraged to arrive at 10:45 a.m.
The event is open to credentialed members of the media. A press van will depart from the East Gate of City Hall at 10:00 a.m. on Monday.