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, Director Jarvis to Discuss Economic Impacts of National Parks
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WASHINGTON – On Monday, February 25, 2013, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis will hold a news media teleconference to unveil the annual report on the significant economic contributions of national parks to local, regional and state economies; their importance to the tourism industry, community businesses and park vendors; and the expected impact of budget cuts under a March 1 sequestration.
The National Park Service operates 398 national parks, historic sites, monuments and memorials, parkways, trails, preserves and reserves, seashores and lakeshores, recreation areas and national battlefields across the country.
Media can join the 2:00 pm EST teleconference by dialing 1-800-857-9719 and providing the access code NATIONAL PARKS.
WHO: Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis
WHEN: Monday, February 25, 2013 @ 2pm EST
MEDIA: Media can join the press teleconference by dialing 1-800-857-9719 and providing the