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 Officials, Stakeholders to Announce Partnership to Connect Seattle Communities, Youth to Lake Sammamish Watershed
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LAKE SAMMAMISH, WA – On Friday, April 25, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join King County Executive Dow Constantine, local mayors and officials, and community conservation groups to announce a new partnership connecting Seattle-area communities and young people to efforts to restore kokanee in the Lake Sammamish watershed.
Prior to the announcement, elementary school students from Campbell Hills Elementary School in Renton, WA, will release kokanee fry into the Ebright Creek as part of an annual event sponsored by the Lake Sammamish Kokanee Work Group.
Secretary Jewell has launched an ambitious youth initiative to inspire millions of young people to play, learn, serve and work outdoors.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Deputy Regional Director Richard Hannan
King County Executive Dow Constantine
Sammamish Mayor Tom Vance
Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler
Bellevue Councilmember Fred Stokes
Snoqualmie Tribal Council Chair Carolyn Lubenau
Local officials and stakeholders
Announcement of New Partnership to Connect Seattle-Area Communities, Youth to Lake Sammamish Watershed
Friday, April 25, 2014
11:30 a.m. PDT – Media check-in
12:00 p.m. PDT – Ceremony begins
Ebright Creek at the Pereyra Residence
Approx: 148 East Lake Sammamish Parkway SE, Sammamish WA, 98074
Credentialed members of the media who wish to attend this event are encouraged to RSVP here no later than 9:00 a.m. PDT on Friday, April 25, 2014. Additional logistical details will be provided to confirmed reporters.