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 Discuss Efforts to Combat Wildlife Trafficking At White House Forum
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting Ben Rhodes, and representatives from environmental and conservation groups on Monday, September 9th in a White House Forum to Counter Wildlife Trafficking where the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking will be announced.
The Advisory Council, called for by a Presidential Executive Order in July, is tasked with making recommendations to the Administration and providing it with ongoing advice and assistance on the issue of wildlife trafficking.
Participants at Monday's White House Forum will also discuss ongoing efforts both domestically and abroad to combat wildlife trafficking.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
Hillary Clinton, Former Secretary of State
Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting
Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation
Members of the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking
White House Forum to Counter Wildlife Trafficking
Monday, September 9th, 2013
1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
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