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 Tour Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, Highlight Landscape-Level Efforts to Conserve Longleaf Pine Ecosystem
Last edited 4/27/2016
AWENDAW, SC – On Wednesday, November 20, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will visit Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge to tour a proposed project to conserve nearly 4,000 acres of longleaf pine ecosystem in the South Carolina Longleaf Legacy / Santee River Basin.
Jewell will also host a roundtable discussion with local stakeholders who are spearheading efforts to conserve the longleaf pine forest across the Southeast.
Wednesday's visit will expand upon Jewell's National Press Club remarks last month, where she underscored the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to collaborative, landscape-level conservation and to leverage public-private partnerships.
WHO: Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Michael Oetker, Deputy Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Raye Nilius, Project Leader, South Carolina Lowcountry Refuges Complex
Tour of proposed longleaf pine ecosystem conservation project in the South Carolina Longleaf Legacy / Santee River Basin
Sewee Visitor Center and Cape Romain NWR
5821 Highway 17 North
Awendaw, South Carolina
WHEN: 10:00am EST Local Conservation Stakeholder Roundtable at Sewee Visitor Center
11:00 a.m. EST Media Availability at Sewee Visitor Center
Credentialed members of the media who wish to attend this event are required to RSVP here for all portions of this visit no later than 5:00 PM EDT on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Additional logistical information will be provided to confirmed members of the media.