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 to Celebrate Completion and Grand Opening of Tamiami Trail Bridge
Major Milestone in Everglades Restoration; Means Restoration of Natural Water Flows to Everglades National Park
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EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, FL – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy, Everglades National Park Superintendent Dan Kimball, Chairman of the Board of the South Florida National Parks Trust Neal McAliley, and other local officials to celebrate the completion and the grand opening of a one-mile bridge over the Tamiami Trail. The bridge is the largest construction project in the history of the National Park Service and the last structural component of the Modified Water Deliveries (MWD) project to restore natural water flows to the Everglades.
Following the ceremony, Salazar will hold a brief media availability and will lead ceremony participants in an inaugural crossing of the bridge. This will be the Secretary's 11th trip to Florida as part of the Administration's commitment to restoring the Everglades.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy Everglades National Park Superintendent Dan Kimball Chairman of the Board of the South Florida National Parks Trust Neal McAliley
Tamiami Trail One-Mile Bridge Opening Ceremony
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 @ 1:30 p.m. (EDT) Media must arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. (EDT) to gain access to the bridge
Tamiami Trail Everglades National Park, Florida Parking: L-30 Levee, South side of the Tamiami Trail / SW 8th Street, approximately one mile west of the Krome Avenue intersection Event: Western Bridge Approach
Credentialed members of the media are invited to cover the ceremony and the crossing of the bridge, but must arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. EDT to gain access to the bridge. Salazar and other dignitaries will be available for questions following the ceremony. Members of the media are encouraged to RSVP to Jessica Kershaw (email@example.com).