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 Travel to California to Promote Conservation and Youth Initiatives
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the heels of her major speech outlining her conservation priorities for the Department, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will travel to California for a multi-day trip to launch her ambitious youth initiative and to hold a public meeting on local conservation efforts.
On Thursday, November 7, Jewell will be at Crissy Field in San Francisco to kick-off a public-private initiative to engage the next generation through education, employment and volunteer opportunities on public lands. Specifically, by 2017, Interior will work to provide educational opportunities to at least ten million of the nation's K through 12 students annually; engage one million volunteers in support of public lands; and provide 100,000 work and training opportunities to young people. Jewell will be joined by leaders in San Francisco's business, health, education and conservation communities for the announcement and for a service project at Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
On Thursday evening, Jewell will offer remarks at the Commonwealth Club of California regarding her vision to strengthen our economy and ensure that we pass along our nation's rich conservation legacy. Additional details on the event are available here; media interested in attending must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Friday, November 8, Jewell will hold a public listening session to hear the community's vision to celebrate and protect Point Arena Stornetta Public Lands, a significant and scenic area along the Mendocino coastline in Northern California. Administered by the Bureau of Land Management, the area provides opportunities for outdoor recreation and important wildlife habitat. Jewell will be joined by Congressman Jared Huffman, who, along with Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and Congressman Mike Thompson, has introduced legislation to include the area in the California Coastal National Monument.
WHO: Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Frank Dean, Superintendent, Golden Gate National Recreation Area Greg Moore, President & CEO, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Sally McCoy, CEO, CamelBak Products, LLC Jim Van Dine, President, Ahnu and Hoka One One, Deckers Outdoor Corporation Dr. Stephen Lockhart, Regional Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, East Bay Region at Sutter Health Dr. Carolyn Finney, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley Helga Ying, Vice President for External Engagement and Social Responsibility, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.
Members of the Student Conservation Association, the San Francisco Conservation Corps, North Bay Conservation Corps, Treasure Island Conservation Corps, and Civic Assets
Kick-off of Youth Initiative
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
1199 E Beach
San Francisco, CA 94129
Thursday, November 7, 2013
11:30 a.m. PST – Media Check-In
12:00 p.m. PST – Press Conference
12:30 p.m. PST – Service Project (b-roll opportunities)
Credentialed members of the media who wish to attend this event are required to RSVP HERE no later than 5:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, November 6. Additional logistical information will be provided to confirmed members of the
WHO: Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Jared Huffman, U.S. Congressman Neil Kornze, Principal Deputy Director at the Bureau of Land Management
Other local leaders and officials
Public Listening Session at Point Arena Stornetta Public Lands
Point Arena City Hall
451 School Street
Point Arena, CA 95468
Friday, November 8, 2013
2:00 p.m. PST
Credentialed members of the media who wish to attend this event are required to