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.
Agriculture, Interior and Defense Departments to Announce Sentinel Landscapes Partnership
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WASHINGTON, D.C.– On July 10 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Defense Acting Deputy Under Secretary John Conger will host a national media conference call to announce a federal, local and private collaboration to preserve agricultural lands, assist with military readiness and restore and protect wildlife habitat.
Through the Sentinel Landscapes partnership, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) and Department of Defense (DOD) will work together near military installations to help farmers and ranchers make improvements to the land that benefit their operation, enhance wildlife habitat, and enable DOD's training missions to continue.
The announcement is a result of collaboration through the White House Rural Council. The agencies will kick off this partnership through a pilot Sentinel Landscape in the South Puget Sound region of Washington State. Home to Joint Base Lewis-McCord, an important troop training facility, this region has some of the last remaining native prairie habitat in the state. The first Sentinel Landscape pilot will support the local economy, national defense and the conservation of natural resources.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack
DOI Secretary Sally Jewell
DOD Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense John Conger
Announcement of the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership and Pilot Program
Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 11:30 a.m.
PRESS CONFERENCE PARTICIPANT ACCESS
Audio Bridge Number: (888) 324-9360 / International 1-630-395-0221
PASSCODE: LANDS (Given Verbally)
Trouble Number: (202) 720-8560
All callers using the above passcode will be placed in listen only mode. To join the Q&A portion of the meeting, callers must press *1 on their touch tone phone.