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.
Interior Announces New Website to Encourage Youth Employment, Activity in America's Great Outdoors
Office of the Secretary
Last edited 4/26/2016
WASHINGTON, DC — Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that the Department of the Interior has established a website for youth that will serve as a one-stop shop for information on job and internship opportunities, upcoming outdoor events, educational resources and more. Secretary Salazar made the announcement about YouthGo.gov today during a live webchat on the White House website with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative.
“This website is designed to help young people get out, get involved, and get a job when it comes to the great outdoors,” said Secretary Salazar. “Young people are the next generation of conservationists and we must empower them to take a leadership role in shaping their future.”
The new website – www.YouthGO.gov – is part of an Interior-wide effort to engage young people in recreation and conservation efforts and to increase employment and career opportunities. After establishing a Youth in the Great Outdoors office, Interior hired more than 21,000 youth in 2010 – an increase of 45 percent over the previous year. The website features links to a wide variety of internships and seasonal and permanent job opportunities within Interior, ranging from working concessions in a National Park to building trails on public lands.
The website, spearheaded by the National Conservation Training Center of the Fish and Wildlife Service, will also serve as a means for federal partners, educators, and community organizations to showcase their events and employment opportunities. Youth can also share their stories – and find ways to interact with federal agencies and partners directly.
Youth employment, education and engagement is a top priority of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative to establish a recreation and conservation ethic for the 21st century based on the priorities of American communities. The initiative is the result of a national dialogue that included 51 administration-hosted listening sessions around the country - 21 focused on youth – and more than 100,000 comments received in person or in writing.