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, Senator Alexander to Highlight Benefits of Public-Private Partnerships During Visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Last edited 4/27/2016
TOWNSEND, TN – On Monday, March 3, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander on a visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, focusing on the value of public-private partnerships to the region. Jewell and Alexander will recognize important community efforts that have benefitted the Park, and underscore the importance of these types of collaborations in preserving America's cultural heritage.
The Secretary and Senator Alexander will join regional stakeholders, local leaders and park officials for a discussion on the importance of public-private partnerships in conserving and honoring our country's shared history for future generations.
The discussion will be followed by an announcement regarding next steps for the region's Collections Preservation Center.
WHO: Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Lamar Alexander, U.S. Senator from Tennessee Pedro Ramos, Acting Superintendent, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Bob Patterson, President, Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
Regional officials and stakeholders
Secretary Jewell Visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
123 Cromwell Drive
Townsend, TN 37882
Monday, March 3 10:15 a.m. ET – Press Check-in 10:30 a.m. ET – Roundtable discussion 11:30 a.m. ET - Press Conference on next steps for Collections Preservation Center
Credentialed members of the media who wish to attend this event are encouraged to RSVP here no later than 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday, February 28.