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.
Secretary Jewell, Mayor Bloomberg to Re-Open Statue of Liberty on July 4th
Nation's Birthday to Mark First Public Access to Iconic Symbol Since Hurricane Sandy
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NEW YORK, N.Y. – On July 4, 2013, the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island will reopen to the public for the first time since Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, and other dignitaries in a ceremony and ribbon cutting on Liberty Island to celebrate the reopening.
A ferry from the Marine Inspection Office in lower Manhattan will provide accredited media access to Liberty Island to cover the ceremony. There will be no media access to the Statue or pedestal.
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez
National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis
Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Superintendent David Luchsinger
Re-Opening Ceremony for the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island
Thursday, July 4, 2013, 10:30 a.m. EDT (media must arrive by 8:00 a.m. EDT)
Marine Inspection Office (MIO), located in between the U.S. Coast Guard building and the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in lower Manhattan, to board the media ferry to Liberty Island
Credentialed members of the media must RSVP via email no later than 12:00 P.M. EDT on Wednesday, July 3, to secure space on the ferry. Please send an email to Emily_Beyer@ios.doi.gov with “STATUE REOPENING RSVP” in the subject line. Please include the name of the media outlet you represent, contact information, and the names and titles of representatives attending the event.
NOTE: Additional logistical information will be provided upon receipt of RSVP