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.
America's Great Outdoors: Secretary Salazar Addresses National Bike Summit
Secretary Salazar addresses the National Bike Summit. DOI Photo by Tami A. Heilemann
Secretary Salazar delivered the keynote addresses at the 2011 National Bike Summit. DOI Photo by Tami A. Heilemann
Secretary Salazar stands with Mike Van Abel, Executive Director of the International Mountain Bicycling Association. DOI Photo by Tami A. Heilemann
Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists, with Secretary Salazar. DOI Photo by Tami A. Heilemann
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar addresses the 2011 Bike Summit. DOI Photo by Tami A. Heilemann
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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar delivered the keynote at the 2011 National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. Hosted by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) with support from the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), the annual four-day summit attracts more than 800 cyclists who come together to promote bicycle-friendly legislation.
This year's theme, “Acting on a Simple Solution,” emphasizes the importance of reconnecting Americans to the great outdoors by improving access to our public lands, a key objective in President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative.