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.
Centennial Kempthorne and Director Bomar to Host Media Conference Call Tomorrow
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WASHINGTON -Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne and National Park Service Director Mary A. Bomar will announce the 2009 National Park Service Centennial Challenge projects and programs during a media conference call at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, January 13.
Ten million dollars in Congressionally appropriated funds will be paired with $17 million raised by park partners in this second year of Centennial Challenge projects and programs. The projects and programs will enhance visitor facilities, expand educational programs, improve transportation systems, and advance scientific inventories in parks.
Parks in the following states will receive funding from the Centennial Challenge in 2009: Alaska, California, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, Pennsylvania and Wyoming.
Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne
National Park Service Director Mary A. Bomartd>
2009 Centennial Challenge projects and program announcement
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. EST
The dial in number is 800-369-1721 The passcode is 7690157
President Bush launched the Centennial Initiative in 2006 as a 10-year effort to prepare national parks for another century of conservation, preservation and enjoyment in time for the National Park Service's 100th anniversary in 2016. The initiative comprises two funding components - the Centennial Challenge and operational enhancement funding - and furthers goals in the areas of stewardship, environmental leadership, recreational experience, education and professional excellence.