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 Launch $100 Million Hurricane Sandy Competitive Grant Program
Additionally, $25 Million Dyke Marsh Investment to Build Resilience, Better Protect Local Community from Future Storms
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ALEXANDRIA, VA – Marking the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell tomorrow will join Members of Congress, local officials and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation at National Park Service's Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve in Virginia to launch a $100 million Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program.
The program will use competitive grants to award funding for science-based solutions by States, local communities, non-profit organizations and other partners to help restore key habitats and bolster natural systems, enabling these areas to withstand the impacts and better protect local communities from future storms.
Jewell, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, U.S. Representative Jim Moran, and local officials will also celebrate $25 million in federal funding for Dyke Marsh as part of a $162 million investment by Interior in 45 restoration and research projects to restore wetlands and beaches, rebuild shorelines and research the impacts and modeling mitigation of storm surges. A list of those projects, announced last week, is available here.
The investments are consistent with President Obama's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force Strategy Report and the Administration's commitment laid out in the Climate Action Plan to build resilience by restoring natural features along shorelines to help better protect communities from future storms. The Interior Department has already invested $480 million in Hurricane Sandy response and recovery efforts since the storm hit last October.
Following the announcement, Jewell will join local officials and students from the Alexandria Seaport Foundation to participate in a STEM-based outdoor learning activity in the marsh.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
Tim Kaine, U.S. Senator (VA)
Jim Moran, U.S. Representative from (VA-8)
Steve Whitesell, Regional Director, National Capital Region, National Park
Alex Romero, Superintendent, George Washington Memorial Parkway
Glenda Booth, President, Friends of Dyke Marsh
Representatives from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Student community members from the Alexandria Seaport Foundation
Launch $100 Million Hurricane Sandy Competitive Grant Program and Celebrate $25 Million Investment in Dyke Marsh
STEM-Based Outdoor Learning Activity with Local Students and Volunteers
Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve
Belle Haven Marina Parking Lot
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
9:30 AM – Media Check-In
10:00 AM – Press Conference
10:30 AM – STEM-Based Outdoor Learning Activity (b-roll opportunities with speakers, volunteers and students)
Credentialed members of the media who wish to attend this event are required to RSVP HERE no later than 5:00 PM EDT on Monday, October 28. Additional logistical information will be provided to confirmed members of the media.