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.
FRIDAY: Secretary Jewell to Announce Major Milestone for Early Restoration Projects in Louisiana
Projects Part of Landscape-Level Restoration Efforts along Gulf Coast Region
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NEW ORLEANS, LA — Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will be in New Orleans on Friday to announce another milestone toward the restoration of the Gulf coast region following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. At 9am CST, Jewell will join local, federal and state officials to announce the third and largest phase of early restoration projects along the Gulf Coast as proposed by the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees.
Jewell will also highlight ongoing interagency work to restore the region's natural resources and underscore how Gulf Coast resilience is an important part of the President's Climate Action Plan, which includes key measures to restore natural features along shorelines that help better protect communities from future storms.
WHO: Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Cindy Dohner, Southeast Regional Director, US Fish and Wildlife Service & Authorized Official, U.S. Department of Interior Lance Hatten, Superintendent, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve Garrett Graves, Chair, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana
Announcement of Gulf Coast Restoration Milestone
Friday, December 6, 2013
8:45 a.m. CST – Media Check-In
9:00 a.m. CST – Press Conference
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
Environmental Education Center & Amphitheatre
6588 Barataria Boulevard
Marrero, LA 70072
Media interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP here by 5:00 p.m. CST on Thursday, December 5.