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 Commemorate 20th Annual National Public Lands Day in Atlanta
Jewell will Join Hundreds of Volunteers at Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
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ATLANTA – On Saturday, September 28, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe and hundreds of volunteers at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia, to commemorate the 20th annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD).
Secretary Jewell and hundreds of volunteers will participate in activities such as pulling weeds at the “I Have a Dream” International World Peace Rose Garden, removing invasive plants at Freedom Park, and cleaning the interior of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was baptized, ordained and served as a co-pastor until his tragic death in 1968.
National Public Lands Day is the largest, single-day volunteer effort on behalf of parks and other public lands. This year more than 180,000 volunteers are expected to volunteer at nearly 2,200 sites across the country.
The National Environmental Education Foundation coordinates National Public Lands Day, which this year will include participation by eight federal agencies and more than 250 state, county and city partners, and nonprofit organizations.
Sally Jewell, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior
Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
JL Armstrong, Board Vice-Chair, National Environmental Education Foundation
Michael Rouse, Vice President, Philanthropy and Community Affairs, Toyota Motor Sales, USA
CeeLo Green, Entertainer & Co-Founder of the GreenHouse Foundation
Judy Forte, Superintendent, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
20th Annual National Public Lands Day Volunteer Event
Saturday, September 28, 2013
8:30 AM – Media check-in
9:00 AM – Speaking program and media availability
9:45 AM – Service projects (b-roll opportunities with speakers and volunteers)
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
450 Auburn Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
Credentialed members of the media are encouraged to RSVP HERE no later than 5:00 PM EDT on Friday, September 27, 2013. Additional logistical information will be provided to confirmed members of the media.