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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, National Park Service Director Jarvis to Launch Healthy and Sustainable Food Program
Initiative Creates Additional Food Choices for Park Visitors
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, June 5, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, Executive Director of Let's Move! and White House Senior Policy Advisor on Nutrition Sam Kass, and executives and chefs from major National Park Service concessioners to announce a new healthy and sustainable food initiative that will create additional food and beverage options at more than 250 National Park Service restaurants, snack bars and stores currently operating in 75 national parks.
Cooking demonstrations by concession chefs will follow the announcement, which is part of the National Park Service's Healthy People, Healthy Parks initiative. The public can sample healthy food items that the concessioners have generously donated for the event.
Announcement of National Park Service Healthy and Sustainable Food Program
Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at 11:00 am
National Mall Food Kiosk on Henry Bacon Drive, north side of Lincoln Memorial
Speakers and Participants:
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis
Let's Move! Executive Director and White House Senior Policy Advisor on Nutrition Sam Kass
National Mall and Memorial Parks Superintendent Bob Vogel
Guest Services, Inc. CEO Gerry Gabrys
Aramark Parks and Destinations President Bruce Fears
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts President Rick Abramson
Xanterra Parks and Resorts Vice President Jim McCaleb
National Park Service concession chefs
Credentialed members of the media should RSVP to Emily Beyer (email@example.com) no later than 8:00 am on Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Very limited parking for microwave and satellite trucks will be available on the west side of Henry Bacon Drive. There is no crew car parking available. All cables must be covered or “yellow jacketed” to eliminate any tripping hazards. Please bring valid press credentials and a photo ID.