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.
TODAY: Secretary Jewell, NPS Director Jarvis to Release Report on Economic Impact of National Parks
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Monday, March 3, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis will hold a press conference call to release a new report detailing the economic impact of national parks, including the number of jobs supported in nearby local communities. The report will include detailed data on all 401 national parks across the country.
The teleconference is open to credentialed media representatives by calling 1-888-989-9244 and entering the passcode.
WHO: Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Jonathan B. Jarvis, National Park Service Director
WHAT: Press Conference Call on New NPS Economic Report
WHEN: Monday, March 3, 2014, at 12:30 p.m. EST
MEDIA: Credentialed members of the media can participate in the press teleconference by calling 1-888-989-9244 and entering the passcode.