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 to Join Sen. Reed in Rhode Island to Highlight Economic, Recreational Value of Parks, Trails, Waterways
Will kick off National Trails Day with kayak trip down Blackstone River
CUMBERLAND, RI – On Friday, May 31, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis will join U.S. Senator Jack Reed at the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor to highlight the economic and recreational value of national parks, national wildlife refuges, waterways and other public lands. The visit will include kayaking down the Blackstone River waterway, in advance of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 1.
Tourism and outdoor recreation are huge economic engines for local communities across the nation. In Rhode Island, the Roger Williams National Memorial had an estimated 52,000 visitors in 2012 with a $3 million economic benefit to the state. The outdoor recreation economy in the state is estimated to generate $2.4 billion in consumer spending and 24,000 direct jobs, according to a report by the Outdoor Industry Association.
Jewell, Jarvis and Reed will also meet with community leaders to discuss the Obama Administration's efforts to boost conservation, as well as progress being made to establish a new national historical park within the Blackstone River Valley to interpret the role the area played in the Industrial Revolution and provide outdoor recreational opportunities for visitors.
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
U.S. Senator Jack Reed
National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis
Visit to John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, followed by media availability riverside at Ashton Dam.
Friday May 31, 2013 Kayak Tour Begins at 11:30 A.M. EDT*
Media Availability at 12:15 P.M. EDT
Media should proceed to Kelly House, just beyond 1010 Lower River Road in the Blackstone River State Park in Lincoln, where they will be directed by staff to the media event location.
*Space is limited on the kayak tour. Credentialed members of the media area encouraged to RSVP for the media availability to Emily Beyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than 6:00 PM EDT on Thursday, May 30, 2013.