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 Minnesota, California to Advance Conservation and Youth Initiatives
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the heels of yesterday's major speech outlining her conservation vision for the country and unveiling a major youth initiative, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will travel to Minnesota and California next week to talk about the value of conservation, highlight the economic importance of public lands and the need to connect the next generation to America's great outdoors.
On Tuesday morning, Jewell will visit the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, to underscore the need for Congress to take bipartisan, commonsense steps to provide sustainable budgets that support our nation's land, water and wildlife. The Center is located in the Prairie Pothole region of the country, an area where ranchers and landowners are working to protect the wetlands and vital habitat for the nation's ducks and waterfowl. The Center is a one-of-a-kind partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the local school district to engage students in science, math, language, art and health lessons using real world, field-based learning experiences.
On Tuesday afternoon, Jewell will visit the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge to release a new national report on the economic contributions of the nation's 561 national wildlife refuges to local economies. The study underscores the vital importance of refuges to job creation and economic growth in surrounding communities.
On Thursday, Jewell will be in San Francisco to kick-off her ambitious youth initiative to engage the next generation through education, employment and volunteer opportunities on public lands. In the evening, Jewell will offer remarks at the Commonwealth Club of California on her agenda to strengthen our economy and ensure that we pass along our nation's rich conservation legacy.
On Friday, Jewell is expected to meet with stakeholders and members of the public to hear about the community's vision for the continued protection of Point Arena Stornetta Public Lands, a significant and scenic area along the Mendocino coastline in Northern California. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the area provides many opportunities for outdoor recreation and important wildlife habitat.
Details on Minnesota are below; additional details on the California events will be available in the coming days.
Tuesday, November 5
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
Tom Melius, Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Tim Bodeen, Refuge Manager, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Tom Landwehr, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Deborah Loon, Executive Director, Minnesota Valley Trust
Announcement of Major Report on the Economic Value of National Wildlife Refuges and Tour of Refuge
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
3815 American Boulevard East
Bloomington, MN 55425
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
11:30 a.m. CST – Media Check-In
12:00 p.m. CST – Press Conference
12:30 p.m. CST – Tour of Refuge (b-roll opportunities with speakers)
Credentialed members of the media who wish to attend this event are required to RSVP HERE no later than 5:00 PM CST on Monday, November 4. Additional logistical information will be provided to confirmed members of the media.