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 Speak on Value of Public Lands at Western Governors' Association Annual Meeting
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will deliver remarks at the Annual Meeting of the Western Governors' Association in Park City, Utah, on Friday, June 28. Secretary Jewell will discuss Interior's balanced management of public lands and underscore the economic importance of activities such as outdoor recreation, travel and tourism, and responsible energy development to local communities throughout the West. Jewell will also discuss the President's climate action plan to develop home-grown energy and implement steady, responsible steps to cut carbon pollution.
This will be Jewell's first visit to Utah as Secretary of the Interior. The Western Governors' Association is an independent organization representing the governors of 19 states and three US-Flag Pacific islands.
Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell
Remarks to the Western Governors' Association Annual Meeting
Friday, June 28, 2013, 1:45 pm Mountain Time
Grand Ballroom I
Montage Deer Valley
9100 Marsac Avenue
Park City, Utah 84060
The session is open to credentialed members of the news media.
Following remarks, Secretary Jewell will be available for a brief media availability.