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.
Secretaries Salazar, LaHood, and Governor Hickenlooper to Make Major Funding Announcement about Colorado's Rocky Mountain Greenway
Will also Celebrate Recent Expansion of Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge
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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – On February 18, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to make a major announcement about the Rocky Mountain Greenway.
The Rocky Mountain Greenway is a proposed trail and open space network that will connect hundreds of miles of trails in the Denver metropolitan area. Part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Program, the Greenway will create an uninterrupted link between three urban national wildlife refuges – Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Rocky Flats, and Two Ponds – as well as Rocky Mountain National Park and community trail systems.
The event will also be a celebration of a recent expansion that added 1,200 acres of vital wildlife habitat to Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge.
WHO: Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
Local Officials and Partners
WHEN: Monday, February 18, 2013 @ 2pm MST
WHERE: Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
6550 Gateway Road
Commerce City, CO 80022
From 1-70: Take Quebec Street exit north. Turn right on Prairie Parkway. Turn left on Gateway Road and follow to Refuge entrance.