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 Jewell Visits Crissy Field in San Francisco, California
Secretary Jewell introduces a Public-Private initiative to engage the next generation on public lands. Jewell addressed the crowd at Crissy Field. Photo: US Department of the Interior
Secretary Jewell was joined at Crissy Field by local youth conservation corp members. Photo: US Department of the Interior
Secretary Jewell shakes hands with conservation corp volunteers at Crissy Field. Photo: US Department of the Interior
After the announcement, Secretary Jewell participated in a service experience with young members of local conservation corps. Photo: US Department of the Interior
Secretary Jewell volunteers alongside local conservation corps members at Crissy Field in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Photo: US Department of the Interior
On November 7th Secretary Jewell announced a new initiative to engage the next generation through education, employment, and volunteer opportunities on public lands. She was joined by leaders in San Franciso's business, health, education, and conservation communities for the announcement and for a service project at Crissy Field in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.