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 to Celebrate Point Arena-Stornetta Addition to California Coastal Monument
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POINT ARENA – On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join the local community and other federal, state and local leaders to celebrate President Obama's designation today of the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of California Coastal National Monument.
Jewell will be joined by White House Council on Environmental Quality Acting Chair Mike Boots, Bureau of Land Management Principal Deputy Director Neil Kornze, and other local leaders.
The 1,665 acres of public lands at Point Arena-Stornetta is the first shoreline addition to the monument, which was first established in 2000 to protect more than 20,000 rocks, islands, exposed reefs, and pinnacles along the 1,100 miles of California's coast.
The President's action honors years of work from Point Arena community and businesses for increased protection and recognition for the significant and spectacular stretch of public lands along the Mendocino coastline in Northern California.
In addition to providing scenic recreation for residents and visitors and an outdoor classroom near Point Arena schools, the lands are recognized by state and federal agencies as containing significant natural resources, including important wildlife habitat, coastal bluffs and shelves, tide pools, dunes, coastal prairies, and the mouth and estuary of the Garcia River.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Mike Boots, White House Council on Environmental Quality Acting Chair Neil Kornze, Principal Deputy Director at the Bureau of Land Management
Other local leaders and officials
Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands Celebration
Wednesday, March 12, 2014; 2:00 p.m. PDT
Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands off Lighthouse Road
Parking and shuttle services will be provided at:
Point Arena City Hall
451 School St.
Pt. Arena, CA 95468
Media interested in attending the event are encouraged to RSVP here by 6pm PDT.