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 Join Gov. Hickenlooper for Tour of Sage Grouse Conservation Efforts Underway at Colorado Ranch
Will Highlight Importance of Conservation Partnerships to Improve Habitat for Sage Grouse
Last edited 4/27/2016
CRAIG, CO – On Tuesday, January 21, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and other Interior Department officials at the Bord Gulch Ranch in Craig, Colorado, to tour innovative sage grouse conservation efforts being undertaken by ranch manager Ray Owens. Owens was recently named one of two recipients of Colorado Parks and Wildlife's 2013 Wildlife Landowner of the Year award.
Jewell and Hickenlooper will highlight the importance of partnerships between the federal government, states, private landowners and other stakeholders in creating and implementing a landscape-level conservation strategy for the species, which will be considered for possible protection under the Endangered Species Act by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado
Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Neil Kornze, Principal Deputy Director of the Bureau of Land Management
Ray Owens, Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Wildlife Landowner of the Year
Ranch tour and brief media availability
Tuesday, January 21
1:00 p.m. MST – Media check-in
1:15 p.m. MST – Ranch tour followed by brief media availability
Bord Gulch Ranch
County Road 7 (Between Mile Markers 17 & 18)
Craig, CO 81625
Credentialed members of the media who wish to attend the ranch tour and media availability are required to RSVP here no later than 6:00 PM MST on Monday, January 20.