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 Visit Oregon to Announce Initiatives to Create Jobs through Conservation, Expedited Infrastructure Permitting
Will Announce Competitive Grants for Youth Hiring; Sign Agreement with Oregon & Washington on Infrastructure
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PORTLAND, OR – Sally Jewell will make her first trip to the West Coast as Secretary of the Interior with a visit to Portland, Oregon, this Thursday and Friday. Secretary Jewell will make an announcement regarding efforts to create youth employment opportunities and will sign an agreement with the states of Oregon and Washington to expedite the review and approval of major infrastructure projects.
On Thursday, May 23, in response to President Obama's call to expand opportunities for youth employment, Jewell and Portland Mayor Charlie Hales will announce 22 conservation projects across the country that have been awarded funding through an innovative public-private partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) that will create youth employment opportunities. During the visit, Jewell and Hales will join members of the Northwest Youth Corps on a service project in an urban park in Portland.
On Friday, May 24, as part of President Obama's initiative to make America a magnet for jobs by building a 21st Century infrastructure, Jewell will join Governor John Kitzhaber and Director of the Center for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance Jesus Sanchez (representing Washington Governor Jay Inslee) to sign an agreement to expedite the review and permitting of energy generation, power transmission and other vital infrastructure projects in the Pacific Northwest.
On Friday, Jewell will also provide keynote remarks at the 76th annual Ducks Unlimited convention in Portland.
EVENT #1 – YOUTH HIRING ANNOUNCEMENT
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales
NFWF Executive Director and CEO Jeff Trandahl
Wells Fargo Oregon Regional President Don Pearson
NW Youth Corps Executive Director Jeff Parker
NW Youth Corps Members
Youth Hiring Announcement
Thursday, May 23, 2013, at 2:00 PM PDT
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
SE 7th Avenue & Sellwood Blvd
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