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 Spotlight Model Conservation, Economic Development Partnership in California
Will Tour East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservation Plan Site, Host Discussion on Benefits of Locally-led Conservation Planning
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ANTIOCH, CA -- On Monday, May 5, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will visit the site of the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservation Plan, a locally-developed plan to protect and benefit 28 imperiled species in the area while also encouraging land use and economic development.
Jewell will tour the area and host a roundtable discussion with Congressman Jerry McNerney and local leaders from the conservation and development communities who spearheaded the successful conservation plan.
Habitat conservation plans are agreements under the Endangered Species Act under which landowners and other partners work hand-in-hand with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to proactively address long-term conservation needs, maintain local control over land use and provide flexibility to meet economic growth initiatives.
The East Contra Costa County HCP is one of 14 regional habitat conservation plans in California that have been approved or are in development. Together, they are expected to eventually conserve more than two million acres of land located near large urban areas and provide streamlined permitting for thousands of projects with a combined economic value of $1.6 trillion.
Media are invited to both the tour and the stakeholder's meeting.
WHO: Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Jerry McNerney, U.S. Representative (CA-9) Mary Piepho, Supervisor-District III, Contra Costa County and Chair of the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy Board Sal Evola, Mayor, City of Pittsburg and Board Member, East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy John Kopchik, Executive Director, East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy Robert Doyle, General Manager, East Bay Regional Park District Catherine Kutsuris, Director, Contra Costa County Department of Conservation & Development Jennifer Norris, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento
Monday, May 5, 2014 12:00pm PDT - Tour of Krieger Peak, East Bay Regional Park 1:30pm PDT - Stakeholder Meeting
Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, near Antioch, CA
Directions will be provided upon R.S.V.P.
Media are invited to both the stakeholder's meeting and the tour. Those wishing to attend are required to RSVP directly to email@example.com by 5 p.m. PDT on Sunday, May 4. All directions will be provided upon RSVP.