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 Discuss Economic Importance of Conservation and Tourism, Celebrate New National Refuge Units
Also Will Keynote Everglades Coalition Conference
Last edited 4/27/2016
PELICAN ISLAND, FL. – On Friday, January 11, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will travel to Florida to celebrate the establishment of six new national wildlife refuge units across the country during the past year and the renaming of a seventh in honor of a late U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director by laying commemorative planks on a walkway at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Salazar will also discuss the economic importance of tourism and conservation with the Miami Chamber of Commerce and give the keynote address at the Everglades Coalition annual conference.
The six new refuge units to be honored are: Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in Albuquerque, NM; Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area near Mora, N.M., Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois; Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area in Colorado; Swan Valley Conservation Area in Montana; and Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.
Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, located just south of Starkville, Mississippi, was renamed the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee Wildlife Refuge to memorialize the Service's former director.
EVENT #1: Tourism and Conservation Discussion with the Miami Chamber of Commerce
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Miami Chamber of Commerce Members
Friday, January 11, 2013
8:30 a.m. EDT
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
1601 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132
EVENT #2: Plank Laying Ceremony to Celebrate New National Wildlife Refuge Units
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Charlie Pelizza, Refuge Manager, Pelican Island NWR
New refuge unit representatives and stakeholders
Friday, January 11, 2013
12:00 p.m. EDT
Pelican Island NWR
Centennial Trail Boardwalk
Vero Beach, FL
Media are invited to join the ceremony by dialing 1-888-968 4347 and providing the access code INTERIOR. (listen-only)
EVENT #3: Keynote Address at the 28th Annual Everglades Coalition Conference