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 Salazar Commends British Columbia and Montana for Agreement to Protect the Flathead Valley
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Washington, DC – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today commended an agreement between the governments of British Columbia and Montana to strengthen protections for the Flathead River Basin and the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.
“This agreement is an historic milestone for the protection of the Flathead Valley and the extraordinary natural wonders that it contains,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. “We would not have come this far if it were not for the leadership of people like Senator Baucus, who has worked tirelessly for so many years to protect the Flathead River for future generations. I look forward to continuing to work with Senator Baucus, Governor Schweitzer, Senator Tester, and others in Montana and Canada to build a long-term strategy to protect these incredible resources on both sides of the border.”
The Flathead River flows south from British Columbia into the United States and forms the western boundary of Glacier National Park. This action adds significant protections to an area that has already been identified as having global significance. Together with Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park, the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park was the world's first transboundary park when it was created in 1932.