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 Salazar, Congressman Farr to Celebrate Establishment of Pinnacles National Park
Ceremony to Commemorate Legislation President Obama Signed to Elevate Monument to Become 59th National Park
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PAICINES, CA – On Monday, February 11, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join U.S. Representative Sam Farr, California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird, National Park Service (NPS) Pacific West Regional Director Chris Lehnertz and other local officials to celebrate the establishment of Pinnacles National Park, which last month was elevated from a national monument to become the nation's 59th national park through legislation authored by Farr and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and signed by President Obama.
After touring the park, Salazar will highlight the economic importance of Pinnacles, which welcomed more than 343,000 visitors last year who spent an estimated $4.8 million and supported 48 jobs in the local economy.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar U.S. Representative Sam Farr California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird NPS Pacific West Regional Director Chris Lehnertz
Monday, February 11, 2013 2:30 p.m. PDT – press assembly deadline for tour (Assemble at Pinnacles Campground via East Entrance) 3:45 p.m. PDT – ceremony
Pinnacles National Park Pinnacles Campground (via East Entrance) Paicines, CA
Credentialed news media are invited to cover the tour and the ceremony. Members of the media attending the tour must RSVP to email@example.com no later than 5:00 PM PDT on February 8, 2013, to secure space.