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.
Photos: Cooperative Management Agreement for Jamaica Bay
Secretary Salazar making remarks at the International Urban Parks Conference. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar joins Mayor Bloomberg to sign cooperative management agreement for Jamaica Bay. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar meets with Mayor Bloomberg and Businessman Louis bacon. Earlier this year, Bacon donated 90,000 acres of land in Colorado toward the creation of the Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar making remarks before signing a cooperative management agreement on Jamaica Bay with Mayor Bloomberg. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar signing a cooperative management agreement for Jamaica Bay. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg signed an unprecedented agreement between the National Park Service and the City of New York Department of Parks of Recreation – spelling out ways the two agencies will cooperatively manage 10,000 acres of federal and city-owned parks in and around Jamaica Bay to promote visitation, education programs, scientific research and opportunities for outdoor recreation.
By allowing the National Park Service and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to work on each other's property, comingle resources and undertake joint planning, this innovative new partnership will serve to better connect urban communities to the natural beauty and history of Gateway National Recreation Area and adjacent city park lands.